American Steam tanker
|Completed||1921 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Quincy MA|
|Owner||Socony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||6 May 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-333 (Peter-Erich Cremer)|
|Position||27.35N, 80.08W - Grid DB 9763|
|Complement||47 (2 dead and 45 survivors).|
|Route||New York (28 Apr) - Curaçao - Capetown|
|Cargo||Water ballast and 1300 drums of lube oil|
|Notes on event|
At 05.43 hours on 6 May 1942, the unescorted Java Arrow (Master Sigvard J. Hennichen) was torpedoed twice by U-333 eight miles off Vero Beach, Florida. The first torpedo struck on the port side about 15 feet above the keel at the #5 tank, just aft of the bridge. The second struck on the port side about ten feet above the keel and demolished the engine room, killing two officers on watch below. Some of the surviving seven officers, 32 crewmen and six armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in and four .30cal guns) abandoned ship after 20 minutes in a first lifeboat, the remaining men followed ten minutes later in a second boat. The survivors were picked up by the American submarine chaser USS PC-483 and a US Coast guard craft and landed at Miami and Fort Pierce, Florida.
In June 1942, the Java Arrow was given to the US Maritime Commission, repaired and returned to service in 1943 as Kerry Patch. 1944 renamed Celtic, but changed name again to Kerry Patch in 1945.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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