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S.S. Fairfield City


 
Gross Tonnage:5,686Net: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:
8

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:1942

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1921
221143
Fairfield CityU.S. Steel Products Co.
New York
MCPQ
New YorkUS
1930
221143
Fairfield CitySeptember: Isthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
MCPQ
New YorkUS
1933
221143
Fairfield CityIsthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
KDPY
New YorkUS

Events:


Disposition DateComments
19427/5 - The vessel, Leon E. Walters Master, with 10 officers, 26 crewmen and 6 armed guards, sailed from Iceland to Murmansk with 7,400 tons war supplies as part of Convoy PQ-17. When the Convoy Commodore dispersed the ships, the vessel traveled as part of a group of 4 American ships and a few British escorts. Just after 3:00 PM, position 74.40 N, 39.45 E, in the Barents Sea, North Russia, three Junkers 88s found the group and began attacking, the first group of bombs falling close aboard. A second bomber released bombs that struck the afterdeck and the third plane's bombs hit the bridge, killing 2 officers and 6 men, but sparing the helmsman. The survivors abandoned the ship in #1, #2 and #3 lifeboats and a raft. The #1 boat, having a motor, took the others in tow toward Novaya Zemlya; the 34 survivors making landfall 4 days later. On 7/12 the trawler HMS AYSHIRE (FY-225) rescued the men and placed them on board several ships for repatriation at Matochin Straight.


Photo courtesy of Ernie Waters 2016 - All rights reserved.

Capt. Leon E. Waters


Photo courtesy of Mike Campa 2007 - All rights reserved.


SS Fairfield City

Stern of the ship, mid to late 1930's, probably in Hawaii or the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Mike Campa. It was taken by his grandfather, Adelbert Campa.






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