Cyrus H. McCormick
American Steam merchant
|Name||Cyrus H. McCormick|
|Type:||Steam merchant (Liberty)|
|Completed||1942 - Permanente Metals Corp, Richmond CA|
|Owner||American President Lines Ltd, San Francisco CA|
|Date of attack||18 Apr 1945||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-1107 (Fritz Parduhn)|
|Position||47° 47'N, 6° 26'W - Grid BF 5151|
|Complement||53 (6 dead and 47 survivors).|
|Route||New York (2 Apr) - The Downs - Antwerp|
|Cargo||6384 tons of cranes, engineering equipment, locomotives and trucks|
|History||Completed October 1942 |
|Notes on event|
At 10.15 hours on 18 April 1945, U-1107 attacked convoy HX-348 about 70 miles west of Brest and torpedoed two ships, the Cyrus H. McCormick and Empire Gold.
The Cyrus H. McCormick (Master Heinrich Herman Kronke) in station #101 was hit by one torpedo on the starboard side between the #1 and #2 holds. Both holds flooded rapidly, the ship settled by the head and sank in less than four minutes. The most of her crew of eight officers, 32 men, 12 armed guars (the ship was armed with one 3in and nine 20mm guns) and one US Army security officer abandoned ship on two of four rafts or jumped overboard. One officer, three men and two armed guards died. An hour later they were picked up by the British rescue ship Gothland and were taken to Gourock.
|On board||We have details of 8 people who were on board.|
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