Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of SSHSA Collection, University of Baltimore Library

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,772 tons
Completed1934 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA 
OwnerA.H. Bull & Co Inc, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack18 Oct 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-618 (Kurt Baberg)
Position49° 39'N, 30° 20'W - Grid BD 3441
Complement55 (47 dead and 8 survivors).
ConvoyON-137 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool (9 Oct) - New York 
Cargo1500 tons of sand ballast 
History Completed in April 1934 
Notes on event

At 03.36 hours on 18 October 1942 the Angelina (Master William Duncan Goodman) was struck on the starboard side in hold #4 well below the waterline by one of two G7e torpedoes from U-618 while steaming at 9 knots on a nonevasive course in reduced visibility due to rain squalls about 650 miles north of the Azores. The ship was a straggler from station #11 in convoy ON-137 due to bad weather and heavy seas delayed her return to the formation, but HMCS Arvida (K 113) (T/Lt A.I. MacKay, RCNR) was in view when she was attacked. The explosion disabled the engines and destroyed many of the lifeboats, so the most of the eight officers, 30 crewmen and 17 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, four 20mm and two .30cal guns) aboard had to abandon ship in one of the port lifeboats and two life rafts when the ship began to list to starboard after a boiler explosion. The U-boat fired one G7e torpedo as coup de grâce at 04.11 hours that struck Angelina on the port side underneath the aft mast. The ship then quickly sank by the stern after a violent explosion, possibly caused by the detonation of the magazine. Tremendous seas washed over the rafts, turned over the lifeboat and swept several survivors into the water. More than five hours after abandoning ship, the British rescue ship Bury, which had been informed by the Canadian corvette, picked up four men from a raft and five from the capsized boat. One of these men was the master who died aboard the rescue ship shortly after being rescued. One officer, three crewmen and four armed guards were landed at St. John’s, Newfoundland on 23 October.

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