Panamanian Steam merchant
|Completed||1936 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore|
|Owner||US Maritime Commission, Washington DC|
|Date of attack||18 Aug 1941||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-38 (Heinrich Schuch)|
|Position||61° 26'N, 30° 50'W - Grid AD 7969|
|Complement||27 (24 dead and 3 survivors).|
|Route||USA - Reykjavik|
|Cargo||Timber and food stuffs|
|History||Completed in June 1936 as Danish Sessa for A/S D/S Vesterhavet (J. Lauritzen), Esbjerg. In April 1940 laid up in New York. On 2 Aug 1941 taken over by US Maritime Commission, renamed Longtaker and registered in Panama. |
|Notes on event|
At 02.50 hours on 18 Aug 1941 the unescorted Longtaker (Master N. Nielsen) was hit in the bow and amidships by two torpedoes from U-38 and sank within one minute. Six crew members survived, but three of them died before being picked up by USS Lansdale (DD 426) on 5 September.
|On board||We have details of 24 people who were on board.|
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