Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,926 tons
Completed1928 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerUS Army Transport Service 
Date of attack28 Feb 1945Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-775 (Erich Taschenmacher)
Position52° 15'N, 5° 35'W - Grid AM 9468
Complement36 (15 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteLiverpool - Swansea 
History Built as Canadian Soreldoc for Paterson Steamships Ltd, Fort William, Ontario. On 21 Jan 1943, sold to the US War Shipping Administration (WSA) and transferred to the US Army Transport Service. 
Notes on event

At 10.15 hours on 28 Feb 1945 the unescorted Soreldoc (Master John W. Hamilton) was hit by one torpedo from U-775 south of Barsey Island in the St.Georges Channel. The ship was struck on the port side amidships and broke in two. The fore part listed to port and sank within 30 seconds, while the after section remained on even keel and sank after four minutes. The 29 crew members, six armed guards and one passenger (US Army security officer) had no time to launch the lifeboats and had to jump overboard. The master and 14 crew members were lost. After one hour in the water, the survivors were picked up by the fishing boat Loyal Star and landed at Milford Haven at 17.45 hours.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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