American Steam merchant
|Completed||1941 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow´s Point MD|
|Owner||Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans LA|
|Date of attack||8 Dec 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-600 (Bernhard Zurmühlen)|
|Position||57° 50'N, 23° 10'W - Grid AL 1853|
|Complement||62 (62 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||New York - Wabana (3 Dec) - Belfast|
|Cargo||12.790 tons of general cargo|
|Notes on event|
At 01.37 hours on 8 Dec 1942 the James McKay (Master Herman N. Olsen) was torpedoed by U-600 about 425 miles south of Iceland. The ship had met convoy HX-217 east of Newfoundland, but she fell out of convoy on 6 December for some unknown reason. The vessel was hit by three torpedoes, the first amidships under the stack and the others behind. Distress signals were sent as the freighter immediately stopped and the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats. At 02.02 hours, a coup de grâce was fired from the opposite side. The explosion threw smoke and water 300 feet high, but the ship remained afloat. Another coup de grâce fired seven minutes later missed, but at 02.19 hours, two heavy explosions occured on the ship and she sank. None of the ten officers, 38 crewmen and 14 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, four 20mm and one .30cal guns) was ever found.
|On board||We have details of 62 people who were on board.|
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