American Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Skinner & Eddy Corp, Seattle WA|
|Owner||Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans LA|
|Date of attack||13 Aug 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-752 (Karl-Ernst Schroeter)|
|Position||4° 55'N, 18° 30'W - Grid ET 7317|
|Complement||52 (1 dead and 51 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Trinidad - Persian Gulf|
|Cargo||7500 tons of war supplies|
|History||Completed in October 1919 |
|Notes on event|
At 07.40 hours on 13 Aug 1942 the unescorted Cripple Creek (Master Matello Norby Olsen) was hit by one torpedo from U-752 about 400 miles off the coast of Sierra Leone. The torpedo struck the ship at the #3 hatch, venting upward through the deck. With the ship rapidly sinking and her forward deck awash, the engines were stopped and her complement of ten officers, 29 men and 13 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, two .50cal and two .30cal guns) abandoned ship in three lifeboats. One oiler was lost. 20 minutes after the first hit, a second torpedo struck on the port side at the #4 hatch, causing her to sink within one minute. The three boats became separated but the British anti-submarine trawler HMS St. Wistan (4.015) (Lt H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR) managed to round up all boats on 16 August and landed the survivors in Freetown on 17 August.
|On board||We have details of 52 people who were on board.|
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