Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Farrell Lines

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,275 tons
Completed1918 - Texas Steamship Co, Bath ME 
OwnerAmerican-South African Line Inc, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack3 Dec 1941Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-124 (Johann Mohr)
Position21° 50'S, 7° 50'W - Grid FU 7887
Complement35 (1 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteNew York - Beira - Mombasa 
Cargo5800 tons of general cargo 
History Laid down as Massachusetts, launched as Bath, completed in July 1918 as Sagadahoc for US Shipping Board (USSB). 
Notes on event

At 21.47 hours on 3 Dec 1941 the neutral and unarmed Sagadahoc (Master Frederick I. Evans) was hit by two torpedoes from U-124 in the South Atlantic. The U-boat had chased the ship since 6 hours and attacked at dusk because Mohr found it suspect when they failed to set lights to illuminate the flag painted on the side, making it impossible to identify the nationality of the vessel in the dark. The torpedoes struck under the bridge and between the hatches #4 and #5 and caused a slight list as the ship settled. She sank by the stern after being hit in the engine room by a coup de grâce at 21.58 hours. One oiler was lost. Eight officers, 25 crewmen and one passenger abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were questioned by the Germans. The lifeboats later became separated and the men were rescued after six respectively seven days by Allied merchants.

When the U-boat passed the sinking position of this vessel two days later the Germans took aboard several barrels and cans of different mechanical oil and grease along with two tyres and two bouys.

The Sagadahoc was the fourth of the four American merchant ships that were sunk by U-boats prior to America´s entry to the war. The others were Robin Moor, Lehigh and Astral.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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