Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam tanker

Acme in tow after being torpedoed

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,878 tons
Completed1916 - Union Iron Works, San Francisco CA 
OwnerSocony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack17 Mar 1942Nationality:      American
FateDamaged by U-124 (Johann Mohr)
Position35° 06'N, 75° 23'W - Grid CA 7966
Complement31 (11 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteNew York (15 Mar) - Corpus Christi TX 
CargoWater ballast 
History On 3 Nov 1943 requisitioned by the US Navy, renamed and classified Abarenda (IX 131) and converted to a floating storage tanker.
On 26 Feb 1944 purchased by the Navy and commissioned on 18 Apr 1944 under LtComdr. Benjamin F. Langland, USCGR. Assigned to Service Squadron 10 and served at Manus, Admiralty Islands until 20 Feb 1945.
On 13 Mar 1945 stationed at Leyte until VJ and dispensed fuel to the warships of the 3rd and 5th Fleet. Then fueled the ships supporting the occupation forces in the Far East until decommission on 26 Feb 1946. Returned to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) reserve fleet at Subic Bay as Acme.
3 Mar 1948 sold for scrapping to the Asia Development Corporation. 
Notes on event

At 23.52 hours, the unescorted and unarmed Acme (Master Sigsmund Schulz) was hit in the stern directly aft of the stack by a torpedo from U-124 about one mile west of the Diamond Shoals Light Buoy, North Carolina. The explosion destroyed the engine room, killing the three men on watch and blew away the rudder and propeller, however the bulkheads forward of the engine room held. In all one officer and ten men died in the explosion and four men were wounded. When she was hit, the Acme had proceeded completely blacked out and on a non-evasive course, because many other ships were in the vicinity. Two tankers and two freighters lay ahead and the Greek steam merchant Kassandra Louloudis and two other tankers astern. USS Dickerson (DD 157) and the US Coast Guard cutter USS Dione (WPC 107) were two and four miles distant, respectively.

The remaining crew of six officers and 14 men abandoned ship in two lifeboats at 01.20 hours on 18 March, but before they left they searched the ship and found the 2nd Engineer and a fireman with both legs broken. They were helped into the boats and USS Dione (WPC 107) picked up all ten minutes later and landed them at Norfolk.
Acme settled by the stern and came on ground in the shallow water. The tanker was later towed to Lynnhaven Roads, Virginia by Navy and Coast Guard vessels, where she was anchored. The ballast was shifted until they were able to negotiate the channel into Hampton Roads and was towed to Newport News where she was repaired and returned to service.

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