Ships hit by U-boats

Cripple Creek

American Steam merchant

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NameCripple Creek
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,347 tons
Completed1919 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA 
OwnerLykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans LA 
HomeportNew Orleans 
Date of attack13 Aug 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-752 (Karl-Ernst Schroeter)
Position4° 55'N, 18° 30'W - Grid ET 7317
Complement52 (1 dead and 51 survivors).
RouteNew York - Trinidad - Persian Gulf 
Cargo7500 tons of war supplies 
History Completed in October 1919 
Notes on event

At 07.40 hours on 13 Aug 1942 the unescorted Cripple Creek (Master Matello Norby Olsen) was hit by one torpedo from U-752 about 400 miles off the coast of Sierra Leone. The torpedo struck the ship at the #3 hatch, venting upward through the deck. With the ship rapidly sinking and her forward deck awash, the engines were stopped and her complement of ten officers, 29 men and 13 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, two .50cal and two .30cal guns) abandoned ship in three lifeboats. One oiler was lost. 20 minutes after the first hit, a second torpedo struck on the port side at the #4 hatch, causing her to sink within one minute. The three boats became separated but the British anti-submarine trawler HMS St. Wistan (4.015) (Lt H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) managed to round up all boats on 16 August and landed the survivors in Freetown on 17 August.

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