American Steam tanker
|Completed||1921 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Quincy MA|
|Owner||Socony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||5 Feb 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-103 (Werner Winter)|
|Position||38° 48'N, 72° 43'W - Grid CA 5813|
|Complement||38 (26 dead and 12 survivors).|
|Route||Corpus Christi, Texas - Carteret, New Jersey|
|Cargo||88.369 barrels of diesel fuel|
|Notes on event|
At 01.53 hours on 5 Feb 1942 the unescorted and unarmed India Arrow (Master Carl Samuel Johnson) was torpedoed by U-103 about 20 miles southeast of Cape May, New Jersey, while steaming a nonevasive course at 10.5 knots. The torpedo struck the starboard quarter at about the #10 bunker. The ship caught fire and began to sink rapidly by the stern. Only a distress signal without position could be sent before the dynamo failed. The nine officers and 29 crewmen immediately began to abandon ship, but were only able to launch one lifeboat. Two boats were destroyed by the explosion and a third was pulled beneath the water by the sinking tanker, drowning 18 of the 20 occupants in it.
|On board||We have details of 28 people who were on board.|
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