Ships hit by U-boats

John Worthington

American Steam tanker

John Worthington

NameJohn Worthington
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage8,166 tons
Completed1920 - G.M. Standifer Construction Corp, Vancouver WA 
OwnerStandard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York 
Date of attack28 May 1943Nationality:      American
FateA total loss by U-154 (Oskar-Heinz Kusch)
Position3° 52'S, 36° 48'W - Grid FB 9621
Complement56 (0 dead and 56 survivors).
RouteRio de Janeiro - Bahia, Brazil - Trinidad 
CargoWater ballast 
Notes on event

Between 04.43 and 04.46 hours on 28 May 1943, U-154 fired six torpedoes at convoy BT-14 about 125 miles east of Fortaleza, Brazil and reported one tanker damaged, one freighter sunk, one tanker probably sunk and two more freighters sunk. In fact each of the three ships Florida in station #53, Cardinal Gibbons in station #61 and John Worthington in station #42 were hit by one torpedo and all reached port safely, but the last ship was never repaired.

The John Worthington (Master Gunnar Gjertsen) was struck by one torpedo at the #8 tank. The explosion blew a hole 30 feet by 10 feet in her side, buckled the deck and pushed fragments out the port side. The ship veered 30° to starboard, but regained her course and continued on her way, rejoining convoy the next morning. Only a few of the eight officers, 34 crewmen and 14 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in, two .50cal and two .30cal guns) suffered slight injuries. After temporary repairs at Trinidad the ship was sailed on 10 June to Galveston, Texas for major repairs, arriving on 21 June. But the tanker was never repaired and did not return to service.

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