Ships hit during WWI


GRT934 tons
Country  American
BuilderNew York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, New Jersey
OperatorLehigh Valley Transportation Co., Perth Amboy
HistoryOr Number 703. Schooner barge. Steel-hulled. Built as Bellewood.

U-boat attacks on Barge 703

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
121 Jul 1918U 156 (Richard Feldt)Sunk3 miles off Orleans, Mass.

The vessel is commonly misidentified as Barge No. 403 or No. 403 of 422 grt. Department of Commerce documents show that this is incorrect. The reference is seemingly to the barge P.R.R. 403 of 422 grt. This vessel though is listed in both the 1918 and 1919 "Annual List of Merchant Vessels of the United States." P.R.R. stands for Pennsylvania Railroad, which is in itself a problem, as the other vessels engaged on July 21, 1918 were associated with the Leigh Valley Railroad. The 703 is listed as sunk by U-boat off Cape Cod on July 21, 1918 in the 1919 "Annual Report of the Commissioner of Navigation." The vessel is listed in the 1918 annual list but does not appear in the 1919 list.

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