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S.S. Steel Worker


 
Gross Tonnage:5,687Net:3,450
Dimensions:424' 2" x 56' 2" x 26' 5"MC Type:
 
Builder:Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
Hull #
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
Delivered:
36

1920
Engines:2 Steam Turbines DR Geared to Single Screwed ShaftEngine Builder:W. & A. Fletcher Co.
Hoboken, NJ
Navigation:GyCDecks, etc.:2 Decks, Fitted for Oil Fuel

Began Isthmian Service:1920Ended Isthmian Service:1942

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1920
220380
Steel WorkerU.S. Steel Products Co.
New York
MBDF
New YorkUS
1930
220380
Steel WorkerSeptember: Isthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
MBDF
New YorkUS
1933
220380
Steel WorkerIsthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
KDBJ
New YorkUS

Events:


Disposition DateComments
19426/3 - The ship sailed from Philadelphia, William E. Green Master, to Murmansk and had discharged her 375 tons of ammunition. At 08:00 PM with 7,250 tons Army equipment and food as cargo, the vessel struck a mine while moving at 11 knots from the ammunition dock to her anchorage in Kola Inlet, Murmansk. The explosion occurred under #4 hold, the ship settling on even keel, eventually breaking in two and sinking stern first 45 mins. later. Murmansk authorities, having found several similar mines in the harbor, theorized an enemy airplane had dropped the mine, which had embedded in the mud and worked loose. 8 officers, 28 crewmen and 2 Navy signalmen abandoned the ship in 4 lifeboats. Other vessels anchored nearby rescued the men and took them to Murmansk.

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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