Ships hit by U-boats

Green Island

American Motor merchant

NameGreen Island
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,946 tons
Completed1937 - Great Lakes Engineering Works, River Rouge MI 
OwnerFord Navigation Co, Detroit MI 
Date of attack6 May 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-125 (Ulrich Folkers)
Position18° 25'N, 81° 30'W - Grid DM 8779
Complement22 (0 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteMobile - New Orleans - Aruba 
Cargo2704 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in June 1937 
Notes on event

At 14.30 hours on 6 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Green Island (Master Josef Anderson) was hit by one torpedo from U-125 about 80 miles southwest of Grand Cayman Island, while steaming on a nonevasive course at 7.7 knots. The torpedo struck at the #2 bulkhead between the #4 and #5 hatches about six feet below the waterline. The explosion nearly broke the ship in half and knocked out the radio, preventing the radio operator to send a distress signal. The crew of eight officers and 14 men abandoned ship in two lifeboats. After five hours, five crew members reboarded the vessel to inspect the damage and concluded she could not be saved. The Green Island sank almost six hours later. The next day, all hands were picked up by the Fort Qu´Appelle and landed at Kingston, Jamaica on 9 May.

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