Ships hit by U-boats

Pan-New York

American Steam tanker

NamePan-New York
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage7,701 tons
Completed1938 - Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Kearny NJ 
OwnerPan-American Petroleum & Transport Co Inc, Los Angeles CA 
Date of attack29 Oct 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-624 (Ulrich Graf von Soden-Fraunhofen)
Position54° 58'N, 23° 56'W - Grid AL 5428
Complement57 (43 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteGalveston, Texas - New York (18 Oct) - Glasgow 
Cargo104.740 barrels of aviation gasoline 
History Completed in June 1938 
Notes on event

At 07.57 hours on 29 Oct 1942 the Pan New York (Master Hedley Vernon Thompson, lost) in station #43 of convoy HX-212 was torpedoed by U-624 about 550 miles west of Malin Head. One torpedo struck on the port side in the #3 tank and sprayed flaming gasoline all over the after part. The port bow wind blew the flames over nearly the entire length and ventilators aft sucked the fire down to the engine room and quarters of the crew. The flames destroyed nearly all lifeboats and rafts and burning gasoline swam on the water on the leeward side of the vessel.

The survivors among the eight officers, 31 crewmen and 18 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, one 3in, six 20mm and two .30cal guns) remained aft in the messroom. They waited more than nine hours and jumped at the first daylight into the water when a corvette was about 500 feet off the starboard side. 13 men were picked up by HMCS Rosthern (K 169) (T/Lt R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR), but one of these later died and two others were rescued by HMCS Summerside (K 141) (T/Lt F.O. Gerity, RCNR). Only one officer, twelve crewmen and one armed guard survived. The wreck of the tanker was sunk by the two corvettes with gunfire and depth charges about 11 hours after the attack.

On boardWe have details of 55 people who were on board

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