Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam tanker

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage5,992 tons
Completed1917 - Union Iron Works, San Francisco CA 
OwnerSocony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack1 Apr 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-754 (Hans Oestermann)
Position36° 50'N, 75° 49'W - Grid CA 7381
Complement42 (1 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteAruba (21 Mar) - Norfolk 
Cargo64.321 barrels of Navy fuel oil 
Notes on event

At 06.18 hours on 1 April 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Tiger (Master Rein S. Schnore) was hit by one torpedo from U-754, after a spread of three torpedoes had missed earlier just as the tanker reduced speed and signaled with blinkers to pick up a pilot off Cape Henry, Virginia. The torpedo struck on the starboard side just aft of amidships at about #5 tank and blew oil all over the ship. As the stern settled, the eight officers, 28 crewmen and six passengers (a US Navy gun crew in transit) abandoned ship in three lifeboats and were picked up after two hours by the YP-52 and landed at Norfolk. One of the firemen on watch below had been killed.

A salvage crew boarded the Tiger the next day and the American tug Relief and the US Coast Guard cutter USS Jackson (WPC 142) took the ship in tow for Norfolk, but she sank on 2 April in 55 feet of water in the Chesapeake Bay and declared a total loss. In 1954 the wreck was sold for breaking up.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Location of attack on Tiger.

ship sunk.

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