American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Todd Drydock & Construction Corp, Tacoma WA|
|Owner||American-West African Line Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||3 Apr 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-754 (Hans Oestermann)|
|Position||36.25N, 72.22W - Grid CA 8618|
|Complement||53 (32 dead and 21 survivors).|
|Route||Takoradi, Gold Coast - Philadelphia|
|Cargo||4400 tons of maganese ore, 1300 tons of palm oil and 750 tons of tin|
|Notes on event|
At 11.49 hours on 3 Apr, 1942, the unescorted Otho (Master John Makkinje) was hit by one torpedo from U-754 about 200 miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia, while proceeding on a nonevasive course at 9.5 knots. The torpedo struck on the starboard side amidships directly below the stack at the bulkhead between the #3 tank and the engine room. The explosion severely damaged the vessel and caused her to sink after twelve minutes.
|On board||We have details of 28 people who were on board.|
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