USAT PRESIDENT GRANT
USAT PRESIDENT JACKSON
SS FRANCIS KOHRS
SS JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY
SS ALCOA PATRIOT
SS DUKE OF SPARTA
SS LIPSCOMBE LYKES
SS FRANCIS PRESTON
SS MAHI MAHI
SS POMONA VICTORY
SS MORMACWREN (MORMAC WREN)
Captain of USAT ETOLIN
USAT GEORGE WASHINGTON
SS THOMAS H. BARRY
USS GENERAL J R BROOKE (USS GENERAL J H BROOKS is incorrect)
SS MARITIME VICTORY
A more recent view of SS MARITIME VICTORY as it awaits scrapping
View of SS MARITIME VICTORY awaiting scrapping
SS THOMAS CRESAP
Gun crew of the SS ROBERT M.T. HUNTER - Send e-mail to rcarl 616 @ yahoo.com if you recognize someone
Merchant ship explosion after being torpedoed
Collier SS BLACK POINT was torpedoed by German submarine U-853 (Fromsdorf) at 1740 EWT on May 5, 1945, off Point Judith, Rhode Island, while en route to Weymouth, Massachusetts, with a cargo of 7500 tons of coal loaded in Newport News, Virginia. She was sailing unescorted. Her complement was made up of 41 merchant crew and 5 Navy Armed Guard. Of this number, 11 crew members and one Armed Guard were lost. The Armed Guard was the brother of C. A. Lloyd, Chairman of the WWII Navy Armed Guard Veterans Association. This was the last American flag merchant ship sunk by a German submarine. U-853 was sunk the same day in Block Island Sound by USS ATHERTON (DE-169) and USS MOBERLY (PF-63). There were no survivors.
Passenger ship SS DORCHESTER was torpedoed by German submarine U-223 (Wachter) at 0355 GCT on February 3, 1943, about 150 miles west of Cape Farewell, Greenland, while en route in Convoy SG-19 from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Narsarssuak,
Greenland, with 751 passengers and general cargo, lumber, and 60 bags of mail and parcel post. The ship's complement was 130 crew members, 23 Naval Armed Guard and 751 passengers. The passengers were U.S. Army personnel, civilian workers, Danish citizens and USCG personnel. There were only 229 survivors. Six hundred and seventy five persons were lost. The following were saved: 28 crew members, 44 civilian workers, 3 Danish citizens, 12 Navy gun crew, 7 USCG personnel and 135 U.S. Army personnel. U-223 was sunk north of Palermo, Sicily, by HMS LAFOREY, HMS TUMULT, HMS HAMBLEDON (L-37) and HMS BLENCATHRA (L-24) on March 30, 1944.
SS PIO PICO - Picture provided by John Graves
SS JOHN FISKE in Convoy HX-229A
Freighter SS HARRY LUCKENBACK, was torpedoed by German submarine U-91 (Walkerling) at 0037 ship's time on March 17, 1943, about 400 miles ESE of Cape Farewell, Greenland, while en route in Convoy HX-229 (#111) from New York to a United Kingdom port. Her complement was made up of 54 crew members and 26 Naval Armed Guard. There were no survivors. It is a known fact that three lifeboats got away from the ship with survivors. These boats were seen by three and possibly a fourth escort ship but the survivors were not picked up. None of the men were seen or heard from again. U-91 was sunk on February 25, 1944, in the mid-Atlantic by HMS AFFLECK (K-462), HMS GORE (K-481) and HMS GOULD (K-476). 16 survivors were picked up.
Tanker SS CONNECTICUT, was torpedoed by Motor Torpedo Boat LS-4 from the German Raider MICHEL at 0210 ship's time on April 23, 1942 in the South Atlantic while en route alone from Port Arthur, Texas, to Capetown, South Africa, with a cargo of 100 octane gasoline. Her complement was 43 crew members and 11 Naval Armed Guard. Of this number, 24 crew members were killed in the attack, one died on the raider, two died in a Japanese prison camp, and 16 were repatriated to the United States after hostilities ceased, having survived the cruelties of the Japanese prison camps. The entire Armed Guard was killed in the explosion of the second torpedo while still on board the ship. MICHEL was sunk on October 17, 1943, at 0100 by the US TARPON (SS-175) while approaching Tokyo Bay. Two hundred and sixty-three men were lost.
The SS STAG HOUND, typical ship
The SS SINCLAIR RUBILENE - Picture furnished by Jay Larson of Sandy, Utah
SS AQUARIUS in rough seas in 1944. Picture by Gerry Greaves
SS AQUARIUS. Picture provided by Gerry Greaves
The SS CLAYMONT VICTORY crew in 1944. Picture given to Gerry Greaves by Natale Joseph D'Oria
German sub watches burning tanker before Armed Guard was aboard
Torpedoed, down at the stern, still making way
Crew abandons torpedoed ship
Tanker SS WALLOWA en route to Pearl Harbor with high-octane gasoline in the cargo tanks and planes as deck cargo.
20 mm gun amidships with 1/4 " steel for protection
Lockheed Hudson bombers protect a convoy near shore
SS CHARLES SUMNER, one of the ships Tom Bowerman served aboard.
Moore McCormack's SS MORMAC SWAN
SS LEWIS LUCKENBACH, one of the five ships Tom Bowerman served aboard.
SS ESSO PROVIDENCE, one of the five ships Tom Bowerman served aboard. PROVIDENCE was bombed during the war.
SS ESSO NEW ORLEANS
Liberty Ship collage made by PLCM Graphics Company using files from the JEREMIAH O'BRIEN web site. To see all the information on the O'BRIEN go to www.ssjeremiahobrien.org/. It is truly worth a visit.
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