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|Completed||1920 - Standard Shipbuilding Corp, Shooter´s Island NY|
|Owner||United Fruit SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||16 May 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-751 (Gerhard Bigalk)|
|Position||25° 20'N, 74° 19'W - Grid DN 1656|
|Complement||39 (8 dead and 31 survivors).|
|Route||Kingston, Jamaica - Jacksonville, Florida|
|Cargo||500 tons of fruit, bananas, coconuts and charcoal|
|History||Completed in September 1920 |
|Notes on event|
At 04.15 hours on 16 May 1942 the unescorted Nicarao (Master Cecil Desmond) was hit by one torpedo from U-751 north of San Salvador, Bahamas. The torpedo was spotted by the master about 20 feet from the ship and struck on the starboard side just forward of the #2 hold. The explosion ruptured the deck plates, tore a hole into the side and broke the back, causing her to sink by the bow within three minutes. The eight officers, 27 crewmen and four armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in and two .30cal guns) tried to abandon ship in the two lifeboats, but both swamped and the survivors had to jump overboard and swim to three rafts, one officer and seven crewmen drowned. One of the boats was later righted and bailed out until the next morning. 31 survivors were picked up 21 hours later by the Esso Augusta and landed at Norfolk on 20 May.
|On board||We have details of 39 people who were on board.|
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