American Steam tanker
|Completed||1920 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Alameda CA|
|Owner||American Petroleum Transport Co, New York|
|Date of attack||6 May 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-333 (Peter-Erich Cremer)|
|Position||27° 14'N, 80° 03'W - Grid DB 9763|
|Complement||32 (0 dead and 32 survivors).|
|Route||Corpus Christi, Texas (30 Apr) - New York|
|Cargo||40.000 barrels of naphtha and 40.000 barrels of heating oil|
|History||Completed in August 1920 |
|Notes on event|
At 11.25 hours on 6 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Halsey (Master Henrik K. Johnson) was hit by two torpedoes from U-333 off Jupiter Inlet, Florida, while proceeding on a nonevasive course at 10.5 knots in bright moonlight. The torpedoes struck close together on the port side at the #2 and #3 main tanks. The explosion ripped a hole in the side 60 feet long. The master stopped the engines and headed toward the shore. No distress signal was sent, because the radio antenna had been destroyed. The entire crew of eight officers and 24 men abandoned ship in two lifeboats 15 minutes after the attack, the other two boats had been destroyed by the explosions. The men were nearly asphyxiated by the naphtha fumes before they could clear the ship. After one hour, the U-boat came alongside the lifeboats and offered assistance, but it was declined.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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