Nicaraguan Motor merchant
|Completed||1922 - Petrovski Shipbuilding Co, Reval|
|Owner||Bahama Shipping Co Ltd (Suwannee Fruit & SS Co), Bluefields|
|Date of attack||3 May 1942||Nationality: Nicaraguan|
|Fate||Sunk by U-506 (Erich Würdemann)|
|Position||25° 04'N, 79° 45'W - Grid DM 2658|
|Complement||14 (0 dead and 14 survivors).|
|Route||Baracoa, Cuba (30 Apr) - Jacksonville|
|History||Completed as Estonian auxiliary four-masted schooner Harjumaa for Reval Shipping Co, Reval. 1927 converted to a motor merchant and registered in Panama as Louis Geraci for N. Geraci & Co, Panama. 1932 registered in Nicaragua as Sama for Ceiba Navigation Corp (Standard Fruit & SS Co), Bluefields. 1939 sold to Bahama Shipping Co Ltd (Suwannee Fruit & SS Co), Bluefields. |
|Notes on event|
At 08.12 hours on 3 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Sama (Master Anders Gaard) was hit on the port side amidships by one torpedo from U-506 while steaming at 9 knots on a non-evasive course about 60 miles south-southwest of Miami, Florida. The explosion blew away the entire midsection on port side and fell the mast aft. As the ship slowly settled by the head, the entire crew abandoned ship within seven minutes in the port lifeboat. About 15 minutes after the hit, she sank by the bow after rolling over on her side. Due to the proximity of the coast, the U-boat did not surface and left the area submerged. The lifeboat set sail and its occupants were picked up after six hours by the British steam tanker Athelregent and landed later that day at Port Everglades, Florida.
|On board||We have details of 14 people who were on board.|
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