Ships hit by U-boats

West Ivis

American Steam merchant

West Ivis entering New York harbor on 18 Jan 1942 - 8 days before she was sunk

NameWest Ivis
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,666 tons
Completed1919 - Ames Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Seattle WA 
OwnerPope & Talbot Inc, San Francisco CA 
HomeportSan Francisco 
Date of attack26 Jan 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-125 (Ulrich Folkers)
Position35° 03'N, 73° 10'W - Grid CA 8883
Complement45 (45 dead - no survivors)
RouteNew York (24 Jan) - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Trinidad - Buenos Aires 
CargoGeneral cargo 
Notes on event

At 05.56 hours on 26 Jan 1942 the unescorted West Ivis (Master Alfred C. Larsen) was hit underneath the stack and in the engine room by two G7e stern torpedoes from U-125, broke in two and sank in 14 minutes off Cape Hatteras. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 04.52 hours. The Germans observed lifeboats, but did not question the survivors. The eight officers, 28 crewmen and nine armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, four .50cal and four .30cal guns) were lost.

On boardWe have details of 45 people who were on board

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