american U. S. Army Transport Service SS Black Hawk (stern) [+1944]
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
subtype/class Liberty EC2-S-C1
Liberty EC2-S-C1 Richard Montgomery SS [+1944]
propulsion steam
date built 1943
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 7191  grt
dimensions 134 x 17 x 8.4 m
material steel
engine Two oil-fired boilers, three-cylinder, reciprocating steam engine, single screw, 2,500 horsepower (1,864 kW)  [*]
armament 1 x stern mounted 4"/102 mm deck gun  [*]
power 339  nominal horsepower  [*]
speed 11.2 [*]  knots
yard no. 1023
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 29/12/1944  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.1rank: 669
about people
builder
Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans
owner
U. S. Army Transport Service
captain
complement 27
no. of crew 41
about the wreck
depth (m.) 12 max. / -- min. (m)
orientation
protected
war grave
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updates
entered by Eekelers Dirk
entered 25/01/2006
last update Gothro Phil
last update 01/05/2014


[*] means that the value was inherited from Richard Montgomery SS [+1944], the reference for Liberty EC2-S-C1.
 
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Lettens Jan06/08/2007

Bow is a shallow dive (12m) over tangled wreckage which has twice been dispersed by explosives. Stern (48m) is huge, lying on its starboard side with gun still bolted to platform. Bronze prop has been raised. Depth: stern in 48m, bow 12m.

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Eekelers Dirk25/01/20067.191 ton US Liberty ship, built 1943. 441ftx57ft. Gun on stern. In ballast, Cherbourg for Fowey. Position: In two parts Sunk: 29 December, 1944, by torpedo from U-772, which blew off stern. Forepart stayed afloat but was towed into Worbarrow Bay and beached.
Lettens Jan01/07/2010On December 29th, 1944, German submarine U-772 attacks the convoy TBC 21 in the English Channel.

Freighter Arthur Sewall is torpedoed and the explosion in the engine room kills one man and wounds 5. There are no casualties among the 29-man Armed Guard. Towed to Weymouth, England. Arthur Sewall is later written off as a total loss.

Freighter Black Hawk is also a victim of a torpedo from U-772. The blast wounds four of the ship´s 41-man merchant complement (one of whom dies later) but there are no casualties among the 27-man Armed Guard.

Black Hawk is abandoned, the survivors being taken on board British corvette HMS Dahlia.

Towed subsequently to Warboro Bay, England, Black Hawk is written off as a total loss.
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U. S. Army Transport Service

The Army's maritime history reaches back to the early days of the nation. It involves many branches of the service with a wide range of functions.

During World War II the U.S. Army operated approximately 127,793 ships and watercraft. Those included large troop and cargo transport ships that were Army owned hulls, vessels allocated by the War Shipping Administration, bareboat charters and time charters. In addition to the transports the Army fleet included specialized types. Those, included vessels not related to transport such as mine vessels and waterway or port maintenance ships and other service craft.

The Army still operates vessels of many types.





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 Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans
Delta Shipbuilding Company was one of the original nine emergency yards, built in 1941 with 6 ways, with $13mm from the USMC. It was managed by the American Ship Building Company. Its 6 ways were increased to 8 in the third wave of shipbuilding expansion. The shipyard was closed after the war:
 
 
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