American Turbine tanker
|Completed||1941 - Welding Shipyards Inc, Norfolk VA|
|Owner||National Bulk Carriers Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||12 May 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)|
|Position||28° 53'N, 89° 29'W - Grid DA 9347|
|Complement||41 (27 dead and 14 survivors).|
|Route||Baytown, Texas - Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Cargo||180,000 barrels of gasoline|
|History||Completed in March 1941 |
|Notes on event|
At 22.03 hours on 12 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Virginia (Master Bengt H. Larson) was hit on the port side at the #8 tank by one torpedo from U-507 while lying stopped at the pilot buoy one and a half miles off the entrance to Southwest Pass, Mississippi River. Two minutes later she was hit on the same side in the engine room by two more torpedoes which caused a fire in the stern that quickly spread out around the ship on both sides. The ship sank within a few minutes with the superstructure remaining above water. The master, seven officers and 33 crewmen had no time to launch lifeboats so they were forced to jump overboard. Only the two officers and 13 crewmen that jumped from the windward side and swam away from the tanker survived, but one crewman later died of burns in the Marine Hospital in New Orleans. The survivors were picked up by the PT-157 after 30 minutes and landed at Burwood, Louisiana. Several crewmen exhibited bravery by saving the lives of men who had severe burns and could not swim.
|On board||We have details of 27 people who were on board.|
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