American Turbine tanker
|Type:||Turbine tanker (T-2)|
|Completed||1943 - Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Chester PA|
|Owner||Barber Asphalt Co, New York|
|Date of attack||26 Dec 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-530 (Kurt Lange)|
|Position||10.30N, 78.58W - Grid EB 97|
|Complement||81 (0 dead and 81 survivors).|
|Route||Aruba (24 Dec) - Cristobal|
|Cargo||101.176 barrels of Bunker C fuel oil|
|History||Completed in May 1943 for US Maritime Commission|
|Notes on loss|
At 07.25 hours on 26 Dec, 1943, the unescorted Chapultepec (Master Allen L. Remick Jr.) was spotted in hazy weather by U-530 about 90 miles northeast of Cristobal. The torpedo fired was noticed by the tankerīs acoustic torpedo detector but seconds later struck just abaft the stem. The explosion destroyed the forepeak tank and damaged nearby compartments. The ship immediately began a series of short zigzags at full speed and then returned to normal pattern after ten minutes. The tanker settled by the head, but the cargo was shifted until the vessel was on even keel. On the afternoon of the 26 December, the tanker arrived at Cristobal and discharged her cargo the next day. Two men of the ten officers, 43 men and 28 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) on board reported injuries. The Chapultepec later steamed to Galveston for dry docking and repairs.
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