Ships hit by U-boats

West Hardaway

American Steam merchant

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NameWest Hardaway
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,702 tons
Completed1919 - Columbia River Shipbuilding Corp, Portland OR 
OwnerIsthmian SS Co, New York 
Date of attack15 Jun 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-502 (J├╝rgen von Rosenstiel)
Position11° 50'N, 62° 15'W - Grid ED 8669
Complement50 (0 dead and 50 survivors).
RouteBaltimore, Maryland - Hampton Roads - Trinidad - Table Bay - Suez 
Cargo7000 tons of war supplies and coal 
History Built for US Maritime Commission, Washington DC, later laid up as part of the reserve fleet. 
Notes on event

At 20.15 hours on 15 June 1942 the unescorted West Hardaway (Master Karl W. Jaenicke) was attacked with a spread of three torpedoes from U-502 while steaming on a zigzag course at 6 knots about 30 miles west of Grenada. One torpedo passed ahead, another astern and the third struck on starboard bow in the #1 hold. Distress signals were sent and the gunners fired five shots at a "slick". The ten officers, 27 crewmen and 13 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, four 20mm and two .30cal guns) abandoned ship in four lifeboats and four rafts, but after 20 minutes the gun crew, the second mate and two crewmen reboarded the vessel. The gunners fired another round at the "slick", but the ship was then hit in the #2 hold by another torpedo and sank about one hour later. All hands survived and made landfall on 17 June at Margarita Island, Venezuela and were three days later landed at Trinidad by the Venezuelan steam merchant Maracaibo.

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