Ships hit by U-boats


American Army transport

Type:Army transport
Tonnage2,622 tons
Completed1919 - American Shipbuilding Co, Lorain OH 
OwnerUS Army Transport Service 
Date of attack27 May 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-558 (G√ľnther Krech)
Position17° 36'N, 74° 42'W - Grid EC 2547
Complement60 (37 dead and 23 survivors).
RoutePonce, Puerto Rico - New Orleans 
Cargo59,000 100-pound bags of sugar 
History Completed in June 1919 as Lake Fresco for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1924 sold to Jack SS Co (Minnesota-Atlantic Transit Co), Duluth MN and renamed Jack. 1936 sold to Terminals & Transportation Corp, Duluth MN. 1941 requisitioned by the US War Shipping Administration and used by the US Army Transport Service. 
Notes on event

At 10.51 hours on 27 May 1942 the unescorted Jack (Master Serge Burrack) was hit by one torpedo from U-558 about 100 miles southwest of Port Salut, Haiti. The torpedo struck on the starboard side between the foremast and #2 hold. The explosion opened a large hole in the hull, blew the hatch covers off, stopped the engines, and damaged the radio, the starboard lifeboat and a raft. The ship sank quickly within four minutes and the suction swamped the port lifeboat, which had been successfully launched. The badly damaged starboard boat was launched with two men. 14 survivors transferred into this boat from a raft. These survivors were picked up by USS Grunion (SS 216) on 31 May and landed at the submarine base in Coco Solo on 3 June, after the submarine conducted a fruitless search for other survivors. Two armed guards and five crew members spent 32 days on a raft before being picked up. Five others on a makeshift raft were never seen again.

27 crew members, three armed guards and seven passengers of her complement of 43 crew members, nine armed guards and eight passengers (US Army personnel) were lost, including the master.

On boardWe have details of 52 people who were on board

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