american US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.) MV Donerail (+1941)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1924
is nickname no
weight (tons) 4473  grt
dimensions 115.8 x 16.4 x 7.7 m
material steel
engine 2x 6cyl diesel engines, twin screws
power 629  n.h.p.
speed 10.5  knots
yard no. 328
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 09/12/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.35rank: 613
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Burmeister & Wain's Maskin & Skibsbyggeri - B&W, Copenhagen (København)
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[1]US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.), Washington D.C.
MV Donerail (+1941)
period 1941 ~ 1941
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[2]Det Helsingørske D/S - P. Brown, Jr., Helsingør (Elsinore - Helsingor)
MV Nordhval
period 1924 ~ 1941
captain Pii, Niels Fr.
no. of crew 36
no. of passengers 7
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[1] Lloyd's of London, Lloyd's Register of Shipping
[2] Miramar Ship Index
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entered 31/10/2009
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last update 04/08/2012
Vleggeert Nico31/10/2009
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Lettens Jan04/08/2012On December 9th, 1941, Japanese submarine I-10 (Cdr. Kayabara) is nearly rammed by accident by the unarmed Panamanian-flag motorship Donerail (Capt. Pii), 200 miles southeast of Hawaii, 08°00'N, 152°00'W.

I-10 crash dives and torpedoes DONERAIL, but misses. Kayabara then orders the deck gun in action and fired 20 shells.

One of the shells hit the starboard lifeboat, swung out for lowering, which held the passengers -- two women, 4 men and an 18-month-old boy. None survived.

Of the 36 sailors and 7 passengers, only 24 crew were able to make it for the boats. After an incredible journey of 2500 miles and 38 days at sea, they finally reach Tarawa, Gilberts, but only 8 are still alive.

Captain Pii was lost on this journey, when he fell overboard and was not able to reach the boat in heavy seas.

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Allen Tony09/12/2010Donerail MV was a American Cargo motorship of 4,473 tons. On the 9th December 1941 she was sunk by torpedo from IJN submarine I-10 near Guam.
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Vleggeert Nico31/10/2009On a voyage from Suva to Vancouver, the Panamanian motorvessel Donerail was torpedoed and shelled by Japanese submarine I-10 and sank about 700 miles SE of Hawaii. Of 43 crew and passengers, only 8 reached Tarawa, Gilberts, 38 days later.
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US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.), Washington D.C.

The United States Maritime Commission was an independent executive agency of the U.S. federal government that was created by the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, passed by Congress on June 29, 1936, and replaced the U.S. Shipping Board which had existed since World War I. It was intended to formulate a merchant shipbuilding program to design and build five hundred modern merchant cargo ships to replace the World War I vintage vessels that comprised the bulk of the U.S. Merchant Marine, and to administer a subsidy system authorized by the Act to offset the cost differential between building in the U.S. and operating ships under the American flag. It also formed the U.S. Maritime Service for the training of seagoing ship's officers to man the new fleet.

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