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Gross Tonnage:5,688Net:3,405
Dimensions:424' 2" x 56' 2" x 26' 5"MC Type:
 
Builder:Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
Hull #
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
Delivered:
44

1921
Engines:2 Steam Turbines DR Geared to Single Screwed ShaftEngine Builder:Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
Navigation:GyCDecks, etc.:2 Decks, 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
221785
Steel ScientistU.S. Steel Products Co.
New York
MDHK
New YorkUS
1930
221785
Steel ScientistJune: Isthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
MDHK
New YorkUS
1933
221785
Steel ScientistIsthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
KDVW
New YorkUS

Events:


Disposition DateComments
194210/11 - On a voyage from Cape Town, South Africa to Paramaribo, Surinam, Karl O. Bornson Master, with 200 tons general cargo and 1,800 tons salt ballast, position 05.48 N, 51.39 W, off Cayenne, French Guiana, steaming an 11 knot zigzag course, at 7:12 PM the vessel was struck on the starboard side in the #4 hold by a torpedo fired by U-514 (Auffermann). The explosion carried away the radio antennas, stopped the engines, started a fire on the poop deck and caused the vessel to begin to settle rapidly. The Chief Engineer reported ammonia fumes were leaking from the damaged ice machinery and the engine room could not be entered. The master ordered the vessel abandoned at 7:25 PM. Three boats and the Master's gig were successfully launched. All but 1 of the 10 officers, 28 crewmen and 9 armed guards escaped. The boilers exploded at 7:30 PM, showering the gig with debris. Less than 20 minutes later the U-514 put a second torpedo in the ship aft of the bridge. At 8:00 PM the vessel plunged bow first beneath the water. The Master and Radio Operator in the gig did not join the other 3 boats, landing 8 days later on 10/19 near New Amsterdam, British Guiana. On 10/20, the other boats made landfall in Paramaribo, British Guiana.




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