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S.S. Tuscaloosa City


 
Gross Tonnage:5,687Net: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:
6

1920
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:1920Ended Isthmian Service:1942

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1920
220885
Tuscaloosa CityU.S. Steel Products Co.
New York
MCDK
New YorkUS
1930
220885
Tuscaloosa CityJuly: Isthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
MCDK
New YorkUS
1933
220885
Tuscaloosa CityIsthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
KDLO
New YorkUS

Events:


Disposition DateComments
19425/4 - En route from Calcutta to New Orleans, La. at 3:21 PM, with 7,916 tons ore, rubber, jute and shellac, position 18.25 N, 81.35 W, SE of Grand Cayman, West Indes, steaming at 12 knots, Harold W. Hendrickson Master, the vessel was attacked by U-125 (Folkers). The first torpedo struck at #2 hatch on the starboard side, breaking the surface 20 seconds prior to impact. A second torpedo exploded 20 seconds later, just before striking at #4 hatch; the body of the torpedo landing on deck. The engine watch failed to secure the engines and when the crew of 10 officers and 24 men attempted to launch the lifeboats, the vessel was still making 9 knots. When #4 boat touched the water, it was demolished, dumping 5 men into the sea. U-125 fired a third torpedo to hasten the sinking, which occurred 25 minutes later. The crew managed to launch 1 boat and pick the other survivors from the water. The officers on the U-Boat questioned the survivors, gave them directions to the nearest land and wished them luck. The SS FALCON rescued all hands about 7 hours after the attack, landing them at Cartegena, Colombia.


Photo courtesy of David Boone - Marine Artist 2004 - All rights reserved.





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