|Dimensions:||405' 0" x 52' 0" x 28' 1"||MC Type:|
|Builder:||The North of Ireland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.|
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
|Engines:||3SB, 9cf, GS184, HS7457||Engine Builder:||Richardsons, Westgarth & Co. Ltd.|
|Navigation:||ElecLight, Wireless||Decks, etc.:||2 Decks(Stl)|
|Began Isthmian Service:||1914||Ended Isthmian Service:||1933|
----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
|San Francisco||Isthmian S.S. Co.|
|San Francisco||U.S. Steel Products Co.|
|Saint Francis||*** Name Change ***|
U.S. Steel Products Co.
|San Francisco||*** Name Change ***|
U.S. Steel Products Co.
|Lammot DuPont||International Freighting Co.|
11/17/17: Requistioned by the War Department in New York.
2/17/18: Rechristened ST. FRANCIS. When taken over by the Shipping Board she was renamed to avoid confusion in Navy messages, as there was already a cruiser named SAN FRANCISCO.
12/28/18: Returned to Isthmian by the Shipping Board in New York.
1/19: Name changed back to SAN FRANCISCO.
1933: Sold to IFC, DuPont's shipping company and kept on the accustomed run to Chile and Peru handling nitrates for the DuPont's powder plants.
|1942||4/23 - On a voyage from Buenos Aires to New York, Robert Cameron Housten Master, with 6,812 tons linseed and general cargo, steaming a 9.5 knot nonevasive course at 3:20 PM, position 27.10 N, 57.10 W, the vessel was attacked by U-125 (Folkers) who fired a torpedo that struck approximately 15 ft below the waterline on the port side between the #4 hatch and the engine room. The explosion blew the booms at the #4 and #5 hatches onto the deck and threw a large column of water and linseed from #4 hatch. The vessel listed rapidly to port and within 5 mins rolled onto her side. Only 1 lifeboat and 3 rafts could be launched by the 9 officers, 37 crewmen and 9 armed guards. Four of these men never left the ship. The Swedish MV ASTRI rescued 15 men on 2 of the rafts after 2 days afloat, transferring them to the USS OMAHA (CL-4). Two men abandoned ship on a broken raft. Although other survivors attempted to reach them in the heavy seas, they drifted away and were never found. The lifeboat containing 31 drifted for 23 days, 8 men dying before the USS TARBELL (DD-142) spotted them. Three more died in a San Juan hospital. In all, 8 officers, 22 crewmen and 8 armed guards survived.|