William G Craven





In Loving Memory of William G Craven






William G Craven served aboard the M/S Shooting Star August 42 to December 42, the SS Troubador from December 42 to June 43, the SS Dean Emery from July 43 to January 44, the SS John Schofield February 44 to January 45 and the SS Flying Eagle from February 45 to November 45. He was a good sailor, a good person and a good family man. If you knew him you may contact his Brother Paul by emailing to paul@digitrends.com



Picture Below: A recent and a Navy picture of William G Craven


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THE FOLLOWING ARE THE EDITED VERSION OF THE ACTUAL ON BOARD SHIP LOGS TAKEN FROM FOUR OF THE FIVE MERCHANT SHIPS WHICH WILLIAM G. CRAVEN (DECEASED 6-10-2000) SERVED ON DURING WWII: (These records were Reconstructed by his brother Paul Craven, Oak Ridge, TN) 1. S. S. MV SHOOTING START 8-17-42 WGC REPORTED TO THE SHOOTING STAR FROM THE ARMED GUARD REC. CENTER, SOUTH BROOKLYN, NY WITH SAILORS BIRD, GIBSON, AND STEVENS. THE REMAINING SAILORS REPORTED FROM THE M. S. FRANZ KLASEN. THE SHOOTING STAR SAILED FROM CHESTER, PA TO NEW YORK, NY 9-2-42 UNDERWAY FROM NEW YORK HARBOR TO SANTOS, BRAZIL 9-15-42 A TORPEDO MISSED THE SHIP BOW BY 2 FT. AT LOCATION 21 DEG 38' SOUTH, 39 DEG 20' WEST. 9-16-42 ARRIVED SANTOS, BRAZIL 9-20-42 LEFT SANTOS, BRAZIL AT 1100 9-22-42 DOCKED AT MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY AT 2230 9-23-42 LEFT MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY AT 2130 9-24-42 ANCHORED, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA AT 0517. DOCKED THERE AT 1130 10-5-42 LEFT LA PLATA, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA 10-23-42 ARRIVED BANGOR, IRELAND 11-4-42 LEFT CARDIFF, WALES FOR NYC, NY 12-13-42 WGC REMOVED FROM THE SHOOTING STAR AT NYC, NY 2. S. S. TROUBADOUR NOTE: ( WE WERE UNABLE TO ACQUIRE THE S. S. TROUBADOUR SHIP LOGS FROM 12-26-42 TO 6-3-43_ THAT BEING THE PERIOD THAT WILLIAM G. CRAVEN SERVED ON BOARD) 3. S. S. DEAN EMERY 7-22-43 WGC BOARDED S S DEAN EMERY 7-24-43 0710 PASSED CITY ISLAND, NY 7-24-43 2144 ANCHORED, CAPE COD, MA 7-25-43 1030 PASSED BOSTON, MA 7-26-43 1428 LIFTED ANCHOR, BOSTON, MA 7-28-43 2108 ANCHORED, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA 7-29-43 1143 LIFTED ANCHOR, HALIFAX, UNDERWAY 8-1-43 1330 PASSED SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA 8-12-43 0125 PASSED BELFAST, IRELAND 8-12-43 1621 DROPPED ANCHOR AT LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND 8-13-43 0710 LIFTED ANCHOR, LIVERPOOL, UNDERWAY 8-19-43 PASSED ST JOHNS, NEW BRUNSWICK 9-1-43 0200 PASSED SHEET HARBOR 9-1-43 0630 PASSED HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA 9-3-43 0635 PASSED BOSTON, MA 9-3-43 1205 ENTERED CAPE COD, MA 9-4-43 0245 ANCHORED NEW YORK CITY, NY 9-4-43 ROSTER VERIFIES W G C ABOARD DEAN EMORY 9-12-43 0605 DEPARTED NEW YORK CITY, NY 9-13-43 1820 ANCHORED, LYNNHAVEN ROADS, NORFOLK, VA 9-15-43 0136 LIFTED ANCHOR, UNDERWAY, NORFOLK, VA 10-2-43 1930 PASSED GIBRALTAR, SPAIN 10-3-43 0700 PASSED ORAN, ALGERIA 10-4-43 1848 AIR ATTACK AT SEA 10-5-43 0730 PASSED ALGIERS, ALGERIA 10-6-43 1230 PASSED PHILLIPSVILLE 10-6-43 1600 PASSED BONE, ALGIERIA 10-7-43 ARRIVED BIZERTE, TUNISIA 10-7-43 0940 ANCHORED, BIZERTE, TUNISIA 10-14-43 1919 DEPARTED, BIZERTE, TUNISIA 10-15-43 1200 ARRIVED BONE, ALGERIA 10-19-43 1615 DEPARTED BONE, ALGERIA 10-21-43 0800 PASSED ALGIERS, ALGERIA 10-23-43 1758 ARRIVED GIBRALTAR, SPAIN 10-26-43 1345 DEPARTED GIBRALTAR, SPAIN 10-27-43 1705 ARRIVED CASABLANCA, MOROCCO 10-29-43 0800 DEPARTED CASABLANCA, MOROCCO 11-15-43 2045 ARRIVED NEW YORK CITY, NY 11-26-43 DEPARTED NYC, NY 11-27-43 ARRIVED BOSTON, MA 12-1-43 ARRIVED HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA 12-16-43 ARRIVED LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND 1-22-44 ARRIVED NYC, NY 1-24-44 WGC DETACHED FROM THE S S DEAN EMERY 4. S. S. JOHN M. SCHOFIELD 2-1-44 WGC BOARDED THE S. S. JOHN M. SCHOFIELD AT NYC, NY 3-2-44, (NAVY TIME_1235) SCHOFIELD VOYAGE IS INITIATED 3-3-44 1412, SHIP DROPS ANCHOR AT LYNHAVEN 3-20-44 0730, SHIP 100 MILES OUT FROM CASABLANCA, MOROCCO 3-21-44 0730, PASSED GIBRALTAR, SPAIN 3-23-44 1430, PASSED ALGIERS, ALGERIA 3-24-44 1100, PICKED UP MORE SHIPS AT PHILLIPSVILLE, ALGERIA 3-25-44 0825, JUST OUT OF BIZERTE, TUNISIA 3-26-44 1110, OUTSIDE ISLAND OF MALTA 3-30-44 1400, AT ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT 3-30-44 1640, LOWERED ANCHOR AT GREAT BITTER LAKE, EGYPT 4-1-44 1450, DROPPED ANCHOR IN SUEZ, EGYPT 4-7-44 0750, DROPPED ANCHOR IN THE PROTECTORATE OF ADEN, YEMEN 4-13-44 0845, CROSSED EQUATOR 4-16-44 1135, PILOT CAME ABOARD AT MOMBASA, KENYA 4-24-44 1605, DROPPED ANCHOR IN OUTER BAY OF DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA 4-28-44 0715, SAILED OUT OF DAR ES SALAAM 5-3-44 1056, ARRIVED AT BIERA, MOZAMBIQUE 5-17-44 1100, LEFT ANCHORAGE AT BIERA 5-20-44 0615, ARRIVED AT DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA 5-23-44 1630, SHIP EN ROUTE TO CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 5-27-44 1104, DROPPED ANCHORAGE AT THE POINT, CAPE TOWN 5-29-44 0845, LEFT ANCHORAGE AT THE POINT 712-44 1040, ARRIVED AT BAHIA BLANCA, ARGENTINA 6-19-44 0400, PULLED UP ANCHOR AT BAHIA BLANCA 6-19-44 0510, PASSED SAN ANTONIO OESTE, ARGENTINA 6-30-444 0840, DROPPED ANCHOR AT PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD 7-1-44 1630, TIED UP AT DOCK AT SAN FERNANDO, TRINIDAD 7-2-44 0743, DEPARTED FROM TRINIDAD 7-7-44 0630, OUTSIDE OF GUANTANAMO, CUBA 7-12-44 0545, ARRIVED OFF CAPE HENRY, BALTIMORE, MD 7-12-44 1130, AT MOUTH OF CHESAPEAKE BAY 8-3-44 0415, SAILED OUT FROM NORFOLK, VA 8-19-44 1545, PASSED ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, SPAIN 8-20-44 1800, PASSED ORAN, ALGERIA 8-22-44 1800, PASSED THROUGH THE STRAIGHTS OF BIZERTE, TUNISIA 8-24-44 1400, NEAR THE ADRIATIC SEA 8-28-44 0730, NEAR ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT 8-29-44 0630, PASSED ENTRANCE TO PORT SAID, EGYPT 8-29-44 2000, ANCHORED AT SUEZ, EGYPT 8-31-44 0900, ORDERED BACK TO ADEN, YEMEN 9-4-44 2350, PASSED PURIN ISLAND 9-5-44 1015, ARRIVED BACK AT ADEN 9-8-44 0600, CONVOY MOVING OUT OF HARBOR AT ADEN 9-11-44 0400, 11 SHIPS BREAK OUT OF CONVOY FOR LOWER INDIA 9-15-44 0930, ARRIVED AT KARACHI, INDIA 9-20-44 1130, SHIP SAILED FOR BOMBAY, INDIA 9-22-44 1530, ARRIVED AT BOMBAY 9-29-44 1515, OFF TO SEA TO COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (CEYLON) 10-3-44 0900, ARRIVED AT COLOMBO 11-2-44 1807, LEFT COLOMBO 11-4-44 0830, ARRIVED AT COCHIN 11-17-44 1300, LEFT COCHIN 11-26-44 1400, DROPPED ANCHOR IN ADEN, YEMEN 12-2-44 2230, ANCHORED OFF THE LOCK AT SUEZ, EGYPT 12-4-44 0500, TIED UP AT THE OIL DOCK IN PORT SAID, EGYPT 12-4-44 1700, CLEARED PORT SAID HARBOR 12-10-44 0400, PASSED PANTILLARIA 12-13-44 1700, DROPPED ANCHOR IN ORAN, ALGERIA 12-23-44 0700, UPPED ANCHOR IN ORAN 12-25-44 0900, OFF CASABLANCA, MOROCCO 1-1-45 TO 1-7-45, HEAVY SEAS DURING TRIP BACK TO USA 1-9-45 1310, PROCEEDED ALONE OFF NEW YORK CITY 1-11-45 0935, ANCHORED IN BAY AT NYC 1-17-45 WGC DEPARTED FROM SHIP S S JOHN M SCHOFIELD 5. S. S. FLYING EAGLE 2-37-45 WGC REPORTED ABOARD THE S. S. FLYING EAGLE 3-15-45 FLYING EAGLE DEPARTED FROM NEW YORK, NY. 1132_ THE FLYING EAGLE COLLIDED WITH THE MERCHANT SHIP LAKE CHARLES VICTORY WITHIN THE CONVOY DUE TO A HEAVY FOG IN NEW YORK HARBOR. DAMAGE WAS MINIMAL SO THE FLYING EAGLE CONTINUED IT'S VOYAGE 3-27-45 ARRIVED LEHARVE, FRANCE 4-6-45 DEPARTED FROM LEHARVE, FRANCE VIA BARRY DOCKS, WALES FOR NEW YORK, NY 44-22-45 ARRIVED PHILADELPHIA, PA VIA NEW YORK, NY 5-7-45 DEPARTED PHILADELPHIA, PA TO ANTWERP, BELGIUM 5-12-45 PHYSICIAN LT. GEORGE M CRAVEY BOARDED THE FLYING EAGLE BY BREECHES BOUY FROM USS STEWART TO TREAT MERCHANT MARINER VICTOR A ARCHER AND MASTER (SHIP CAPTAIN) ROY L WILDER 5-18-45 1245_VICTOR A ARCHER DIED OF JAUNDICE WHILE AT SEA. HIS BODY WAS COMMITTED TO THE SEA AT 1610 5-21-45 ARRIVED ANTWERP, BELGIUM 5-30-45 DEPARTED ANTWERP, BELGIUM TO DOWNES, ENGLAND 6-6-45 ARRIVED MARSEILLES, FRANCE FROM DOWNES, ENGLAND 9-29-45 DEPARTED FROM MARSEILLES, FRANCE (NO DATE GIVEN) THROUGH PANAMA CANAL " FROM PANAMA TO ENIWETOK ATOLL " ENIWETOK TO ULITHI ISLAND " ULITHI TO OKINAWA ISLAND 11-6-45 WGC DISCHARGED FROM THE FLYING EAGLE WHILE AT OKINAWA AND CAUGHT ANOTHER SHIP BACK. 12-20-45 ARRIVED AT TREASURE ISLAND, NY VIA PHILADELPHIA, PA 1-7-46 WGC DISCHARGED FROM SERVICE AT THE MILLINGTON NAVAL BASE NEAR MEMPHIS, TN

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