Ships hit by U-boats


American Turbine tanker

Type:Turbine tanker
Tonnage10,731 tons
Completed1941 - Welding Shipyards Inc, Norfolk VA 
OwnerNational Bulk Carriers Inc, New York 
Date of attack12 May 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)
Position28° 53'N, 89° 29'W - Grid DA 9347
Complement41 (27 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteBaytown, Texas - Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
Cargo180,000 barrels of gasoline 
History Completed in March 1941 
Notes on event

At 22.03 hours on 12 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Virginia (Master Bengt H. Larson) was hit on the port side at the #8 tank by one torpedo from U-507 while lying stopped at the pilot buoy one and a half miles off the entrance to Southwest Pass, Mississippi River. Two minutes later she was hit on the same side in the engine room by two more torpedoes which caused a fire in the stern that quickly spread out around the ship on both sides. The ship sank within a few minutes with the superstructure remaining above water. The master, seven officers and 33 crewmen had no time to launch lifeboats so they were forced to jump overboard. Only the two officers and 13 crewmen that jumped from the windward side and swam away from the tanker survived, but one crewman later died of burns in the Marine Hospital in New Orleans. The survivors were picked up by the PT-157 after 30 minutes and landed at Burwood, Louisiana. Several crewmen exhibited bravery by saving the lives of men who had severe burns and could not swim.

On boardWe have details of 27 people who were on board

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