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7)SAMUEL JORDAN KIRKWOOD U-195




Sister Liberty ship 



Built 1942


Tonnage 4,360 / 7,191 tons


Cargo: Ballast


Sunk 07 May 43 by U-195 on pos. 15º 00"S 07º 00"W


0 Dead


70 Survivors


At 01.37 hours on 7 May, 1943, the unescorted Samuel Jordan Kirkwood (Master Samuel Olsen) was hit by one torpedo from U-195 about 125 miles southeast of Ascension Island. The U-boat had missed the ship that was zigzagging at 12 knots already with two torpedoes about 20 hours before and since then chased the ship.


The third torpedo had been spotted by a lookout on the port beam, but could not be avoided and struck on the port side just aft of the #5 hatch. The explosion opened a 20 feet hole, destroyed the shaft alley and steering gear and caused the aft gun platform to collapse.


The engines were secured and the six officers, 36 crewmen, 25 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) and four passengers (repatriated seamen) abandoned ship in four lifeboats and one raft. The ship immediately sank after a coup de grâce hit at 03.52 hours. On 17 May one USAAF crash boat spots boatloads of survivors (41-man merchant complement, 25-man Armed Guard and four passengers and taken in tow for Ascension Island.


By www.uboat.net  


 

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