Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam trawler

Foam burning after being shelled by U-432

Type:Steam trawler
Tonnage324 tons
Completed1919 - G.A. Foundation Co, Savannah GA 
OwnerGeneral Seafoods Co, Boston MA 
Date of attack17 May 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-432 (Heinz-Otto Schultze)
Position43° 20'N, 63° 08'W - Grid BB 7895
Complement21 (1 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteBoston - Grand banks (fishing grounds) 
History Completed in April 1919 as armed trawler Jemmapes for the French Navy. 1921 sold for civilian use as Blue Point. 1928 renamed Princeton for Whitman, Ward & Lee, Boston MA. 1938 renamed Foam for General Seafoods Co, Boston MA. 
Notes on event

At 18.04 hours on 17 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Foam (Master Daniel Joseph Maher) spotted U-432 on the surface about 85 miles south of Halifax. At the same time, the U-boat began shelling the trawler. The first shot passed over the bow and the master immediately stopped the engines. The second shell hit the bow and U-432 fired approximately 29 shots before the two officers and 19 crew members abandoned ship in one lifeboat and a raft. About 15 more shots were fired to sink the vessel, many of them did not explode and passed through her. One man on the raft later died of wounds. 17 men in the lifeboat steered for land and arrived at the Sambro Light Ship 30 hours after the attack. A Canadian patrol boat took them off and landed them at Halifax. Two days after the attack, HMCS Halifax (K 237) picked up the remaining three survivors from the raft and landed them at Boston.

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