american American-Hawaiian S. S. Co. Inc. SS Montanan (+1943)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship (ex-ocean liner)
propulsion steam
date built 1917
is nickname no
weight (tons) 4898  grt
dimensions 128.2 x 16.4 x 10.4 m
engine Quadruple expansion
power 2500  i.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 439
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 03/06/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.8rank: 655
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William Cramp & Sons, Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia
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[1]American-Hawaiian S. S. Co. Inc., New York
SS Montanan (+1943)
period 1925 ~ 1943
prev. owners
[2]Grace Line Inc. - W. R. Grace & Co., New York
SS Santa Paula
period 1917 ~ 1925
captain Mcgahan C.H.
no. of crew 65
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last update 11/08/2012
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Vleggeert Nico30/06/2011SS Montanan was sunk by Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-27 150 miles South of Masirah Island, Oman in the Arabian Sea. A torpedo struck on the starboard side of the No. 2 hold, igniting the bunker fuel tanks.

Most of the casualties are believed to be the result of a huge sheet of flame which arose to envelope the foremast. The ship sank bow first, 7 minutes after the torpedo hit. The 58 survivors got away in the four lifeboats or jumped overboard. 5 crew members, including the master were killed, along with 2 of the armed guard.

Life Boat No. 2 with 8 survivors sailed for 48 hours until they were picked up by sailing dhow Naranpasha. They were turned over to the armed trawler HMIS Baroda on June 10th, arriving at Port Okha, India the following day. The remainder of survivors in 3 boats made landfall at Masirah Island.
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About Owners
American-Hawaiian S. S. Co. Inc., New York

Cie fondée pour amener du sucre d'Hawaï vers la côte E des USA, fournissant en retour l'archipel en produits manufacturés. Durant la 1° Guerre mondiale, 12 de ses navires furent incorporés dans l'US Navy, dont 5 furent coulés

Co. founded to bring sugar from Hawaii to the E coast of the U.S., feeding back the archipelago into manufactured products. During the 1st World War, 12 of its ships were incorporated in the U.S. Navy, 5 of them were sunk

Cia fundada para traer azúcar de Hawai a la costa este de los EE.UU., retroalimentando el archipiélago en productos manufacturados. Durante la 1ª Guerra Mundial, 12 de sus naves fueron incirporados en la Marina de los EE.UU., 5 de los cuales fueron hundidos

Cia fundada para levar açúcar do Havaí para a costa L dos EUA, realimentando o arquipélago em produtos manufaturados. Durante a 1ª Guerra Mundial, 12 de seus navios foram incorporados na Marinha dos EUA, 5 dos cuais foram afundados

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 William Cramp & Sons, Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia
William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company was a major shipbuilder with a very distinguished but also very uneven history going back to the 1820s. It was bought by Averell Harriman's American Ship & Commerce Corporation in 1919 and closed in 1927. The yard stretched from Norris Street to Lehigh Avenue, on nearly a quarter of a mile of water-front and over 30 acres. It was revived for the WWII effort, with the encouragement of the Navy, which provided $22mm toward the cost, but with only limited success. Cramp Shipbuilding closed permanently after the war ended.

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