|Completed||1916 - Chesapeake City MD|
|Owner||Southern Transportation Co Inc, Philadelphia PA|
|Date of attack||31 Mar 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-754 (Hans Oestermann)|
|Position||37° 34'N, 75° 25'W - Grid CA 4997|
|Complement||3 (0 dead and 3 survivors).|
|Route||Norfolk VA (30 Mar) - Stamford CT|
|Notes on event|
At 08.08 hours on 31 March 1942 the unarmed tug Menominee (Master Leslie F. Haynie) towing three barges at 5 knots, was attacked by U-754 with gunfire about 9.5 miles east-southeast of Metopkin Inlet, Virginia near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay. The U-boat was spotted coming from the port bow and fired three rounds at the tug from about 50 feet. One entered the cabin of the master through a window, destroyed the radio equipment and passed through the starboard bulkhead without exploding. The tug immediately cut loose the barges and tried to escape at 11 knots. The U-boat came along the port side of the barges and fired three or four rounds at each barge, then went up the starboard side and down to port side, again firing as it went. The tug was then chased by U-754 and sank immediately after being hit four times. Seven of the five officers and 13 crewmen managed to leave the vessel, but only the master and the chief engineer reached two rafts and were later rescued by the American motor tanker Northern Sun, transferred to the US Coast Guard motorboat USS CG-4345 near Brown Shoal and landed at Lewes, Delaware.
The Ontario was salvaged and towed to Philadelphia where the cargo of 410´000 board feet of lumber was discharged. Many shell fragments were found in the lumber.
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