American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Hog Island)|
|Completed||1920 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA|
|Owner||Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans LA|
|Date of attack||7 Mar 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)|
|Position||19° 53'N, 73° 27'W - Grid DN 8454|
|Complement||38 (1 dead and 37 survivors).|
|Route||Ponce, Puerto Rico - Guayabal, Cuba|
|Cargo||81 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in August 1920 for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. |
|Notes on event|
In the morning on 7 March 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Cardonia (Master Gus W. Darnell) witnessed the sinking of Barbara by U-126 only seven miles away and tried to escape by increasing the speed and altering course towards the coast. The ship evaded two torpedoes fired at 10.47 and 10.48 hours, zigzagged and laid an improvised smoke screen. The U-boat opened fire with the deck gun at 10.54 hours and fired 56 rounds until the ship caught fire, stopped and the ten officers, 26 crewmen and two passengers on board abandoned ship in one lifeboat and three rafts. The shelling killed one crew member, carried away the radio antenna and mainmast and damaged the steering gear. At 12.16 hours, a coup de grâce was fired that hit amidships on the starboard side and caused the ship to sink in three minutes five miles west-northwest of the St. Nicholas Mole, Haiti.
The master Gus Warren Darnell was awarded the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal for his actions during and after the attack. He was killed when his next ship, the Tillie Lykes, was sunk by U-154 (Kölle) on 28 June 1942.
|On board||We have details of 23 people who were on board.|
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