American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Liberty)|
|Completed||1943 - New England Shipbuilding Corp, Portland ME|
|Owner||American Export Lines Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||22 Feb 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||A total loss by U-969 (Max Dobbert)|
|Position||37° 22'N, 7° 17'E - Grid CJ 7727|
|Complement||69 (1 dead and 68 survivors).|
|Route||Tunis (21 Feb) - Hampton Roads, Virginia|
|Cargo||1002 tons of scrap iron, scrap rubber and aircraft engines|
|History||Completed June 1943 |
|Notes on event|
At 12.13 hours on 22 Feb 1944, U-969 fired a spread of three torpedoes at convoy GUS-31 about 15 miles off Bône, Algeria and heard two detonations. The Peter Skene Ogden and George Cleeve were each hit by one torpedo and were both beached, but later declared total losses.
The George Cleeve (Master Daniel Livingston MacDonald) in station #121 was hit by one torpedo on the starboard side amidships in the engine room. The explosion created a hole 21 feet long, killed the second assistant engineer on watch below and destroyed the engine and turned it over on its side. The blast forced its way into the #4 hold, blew scrap iron through the deck and enveloped the superstructure in steam and oil. A large crack appeared amidships and the master thought the ship would break in two. The vessel settled with a 20° list to port until the after deck was awash and the bow rose out of the water. About one hour after the attack, the eight officers, 33 men and 28 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) were ordered to abandon ship in two boats and a raft.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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