American Steam tanker
|Completed||1920 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Quincy MA|
|Owner||Socony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||5 Feb 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-103 (Werner Winter)|
|Position||37° 44'N, 73° 18'W - Grid CA 5868|
|Complement||37 (0 dead and 37 survivors).|
|Route||Beaumont, Texas - New York|
|Cargo||81.773 barrels of fuel oil|
|Notes on event|
At 18.08 hours on 5 Feb 1942 the unescorted and unarmed China Arrow (Master Paul Hoffman Browne) was hit by two torpedoes from U-103, while running on a zigzag course and blacked out off Winter Quarter Shoals. The first struck the starboard side between the #8 and #9 tanks, the other between tanks #9 and #10. The explosion blew fuel oil 125 feet into the air and over the length of the vessel. Fire immediately broke out in these tanks. The live steam firefighting equipment smothered the blaze in tanks #9 and #10 but could not put out the fire in the #8 tank. The nine officers and 28 crewmen on board abandoned ship in three lifeboats 25 minutes after the hits.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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