American Steam tanker
|Completed||1916 - Wm Cramp & Sons Ship & Engine Building Co, Philadelphia PA|
|Owner||Socony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||9 Apr 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)|
|Position||34° 27'N, 76° 16'W - Grid DC 1163|
|Complement||34 (2 dead and 32 survivors).|
|Route||Houston (1 Apr) - Seawarren, New Jersey|
|Cargo||84.239 barrels of gasoline|
|History||Built as Sunoil 1927 renamed Atlas |
|Notes on event|
On 9 April 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Atlas (Master Hamilton Gray) steered a non-evasive course off Cape Lookout, but after hearing a diesel engine swung her stern toward the sound. With the moon rising, U-552 fired a torpedo at 2000 metres that struck the starboard side amidships at the #6 tank. The explosion threw up a cloud of smoke and water but did not ignite the cargo. The engines were stopped and the crew of eight officers and 26 men abandoned ship in three lifeboats.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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