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S.S. Steel Seafarer


 
Gross Tonnage:5,719Net:3,471
Dimensions:424' 2" x 56' 2" x 26' 5"MC Type:
 
Builder:Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
Hull #
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
Delivered:
43

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:1941

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1921
221707
Steel SeafarerU.S. Steel Products Co.
New York
MDGQ
New YorkUS
1930
221707
Steel SeafarerMay: Isthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
MDGQ
New YorkUS
1933
221707
Steel SeafarerIsthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
KDVN
New YorkUS

Events:


Disposition DateComments
19419/5 - On a voyage from New York to Suez, Eqypt the vessel, clearly marked with an American flag painted on the side, came under attack by a German plane in the Red Sea, position 27.20 N, 34.15 E, at 11:28 PM. Steaming at 4 knots with 7,000 tons of general cargo, she proceeded with her navigational lights lit in clear weather and rough seas. The vessel was struck by one bomb in the #5 double bottom tank. The Master, John D. R. Halliday, immediately stopped engines and ordered the ship abandoned. The crew launched three boats and the vessel rolled over and sank in 15 mins. All nine officers and 27 crewmen reached Eqypt the next day, 5 men receiving treatment ashore for injuries. "Seaports South of Sahara" reported this vessel was carrying 5,700 tons of munitions, being one of numerous American flag freighters carrying, under lucrative charter terms, munitions for British operations in North Africa.

The information on this web site is the kind contribution of our Historian, Skip Lewis, 2003. Skip, whose dad sailed for Isthmian, is an avid collector and researcher of everything Isthmian and States Marine. In his quest, he has used many sources and publications including Lloyd's of London and Imperial Steel by John Atherton.

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