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S.S. Chatanooga City


 
Gross Tonnage:5,687Net:3,450
Dimensions:424' 2" x 56' 2" x 26' 5"MC Type:
 
Builder:Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
Hull #
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
Delivered:
14

1921
Engines:2 Steam Turbines DR Geared to Single Screwed ShaftEngine Builder:W. & A. Fletcher Co.
Hoboken, NJ
Navigation:GyCDecks, etc.:2 Decks 3tr B, Fitted for Oil Fuel

Began Isthmian Service:1921Ended Isthmian Service:1943

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1921
221643
Chattanooga CityU.S. Steel Products Co.
New York
MDFN
New YorkUS
1930
221643
Chattanooga CityMay: Isthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
MDFN
New YorkUS
1933
221643
Chattanooga CityIsthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
KDUW
New YorkUS

Events:


Disposition DateComments
19432/22 - The vessel sailed from Liverpool, UK to New York, carrying 3,500 tons sand ballast, Robert C. Forbes Master, as part of Convoy ON-166. At 7:20 PM, position 46.54 N, 34.30 W, East of St, John's Newfoundland, while steaming at 9.5 knots, the U-606 (Dohler) fired a torpedo, striking the ship in the center of #4 hold. The explosion lifted the vessel out of the water, blew the hatch covers of #3 and #4 holds, tore the deck booms away and probably severed the main shaft. The ship quickly listed to starboard and settled rapidly. Just 2 minutes after the explosion the Master ordered the ship abandoned, with water reaching the welldeck 1 minute later. The vessel sank by the stern in about 15 mins. The 10 officers, 27 crewmen and 21 armed guards left the ship in 4 boats and 1 raft. The Canadian Corvette TRILLIUM (K-172) rescued the survivors 3 hours later. Ten of the gun crew transferred to the USCG SPENCER (WPG-36) landing in Argentia, Newfoundland, the rest landing at St. Johns. All hands survived the attack.

"At 2120 there was a tremendous explosion at number four hold on the starboard side. It seemed to lift the ship out of the water; blew off all the hatch covers of number three and number four holds. The shaft was broken. There was nothing to do but abandon ship."

"Heroes in Dungarees", page 116
















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