Panamanian Steam merchant
|Completed||1934 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore|
|Owner||US Maritime Commission, Washington DC|
|Date of attack||11 Sep 1941||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-105 (Georg Schewe)|
|Position||63° 40'N, 35° 50'W - Grid AD 7195|
|Complement||26 (26 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Wilmington, NC (29 Aug) - Reykjavik, Iceland|
|Cargo||1,500,000 feet of lumber|
|History||Completed in August 1934 as Danish Paula for A/S D/S Vesterhavet (J. Lauritzen), Esbjerg. In April 1940 laid up in New York. On 2 Aug 1941, seized by the US Maritime Commission, renamed Montana and registered in Panama. |
|Notes on event|
At 16.50 hours on 11 September 1941 the unescorted and neutral Montana (Master Martin Arnold Marinus Knudsen) was hit on port side by one of four G7e torpedoes fired by U-105 in very bad visibility about 330 miles northeast of Cape Farewell. The torpedo struck just ahead of the bridge and caused the ship to sink slowly by the bow with a heavy list to port. The survivors were observed to abandon ship in two lifeboats by an Allied aircraft, but they were never found.
|On board||We have details of 24 people who were on board.|
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