Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News VA

Type:Steam merchant (Hog Island)
Tonnage5,010 tons
Completed1919 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA 
OwnerWaterman Steamship Co, Mobile AL 
Date of attack5 May 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)
Position19° 59'N, 73° 26'W - Grid DN 8440
Complement46 (0 dead and 46 survivors).
RouteNew Orleans - San Juan, Puerto Rico 
Cargo7700 tons of general cargo, including bombs, dynamite, food, lumber and road-building machinery 
History Laid down as Haddix, completed in November 1919 as Afoundria for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 
Notes on event

At 22.40 hours on 5 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Afoundria (Master William Arthur Sillars) was hit by a torpedo from U-108, which was spotted by the Lookouts just before it struck between the #4 and #5 holds on the starboard side. The explosion ripped a large hole and immediately flooded the after holds. The ship began to settle, could not be maneuvered and sank after 50 minutes about eight miles north of Le Male Light, Haiti. The radio operator had sent distress signals and received a reply from Guantánamo. USS Mulberry (AN 27) was sent from there and picked up all 38 crew members and 8 passengers from three lifeboats 17 hours after the attack and took them to Guantánamo, where they arrived 9 hours after the were picked up.

The master William Arthur Sillars died when his next ship, the La Salle, was sunk by U-159 (Witte) on 7 Nov 1942.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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