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16)CARDINAL GIBBONS (DAMAGED U-154)




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Built 1942


Tonnage 7,191 / 9,000 tons


Cargo: Ballast


Torpedoed and damaged 28/May/43 by U-154 in pos. 03º 56”S 36º 43”W


0 Dead


70 Survivors


Between 04.43 and 04.46 hours on 28 May 1943, U-154 fired six torpedoes at the convoy BT-14 about 125 miles east of FortalezaBrazil and reported one tanker damaged, one freighter sunk, one tanker probably sunk and two more freighters sunk. In fact each of the three ships Florida in station #53, Cardinal Gibbons in station #61 and John Worthington in station #42 were hit by one torpedo and all reached port safely, but the last ship was never repaired.


The Cardinal Gibbons (Master Donald Dinsmore Fitzpatrick) was struck on the starboard side abaft the stem and a hole was ripped in the forepeak tank containing fresh water. The eight officers, 35 crewmen and 27 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in and nine 20mm guns) remained on board and suffered no injuries. The vessel remained on course and arrived in Port of SpainTrinidad on 5 June. After temporary repairs she continued to New York where she was repaired and returned to service in July 1943.


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