american Grace Line Inc. - W. R. Grace & Co. SS Santa Elisa (+1942)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1941
is nickname no
weight (tons) 9020  grt
dimensions 139.9 x 19.2 x 8.4 m
material steel
engine 2 x Steam turbine, single shaft
armament armed merchantship
power 1000  n.h.p.
speed 15.5  knots
yard no. 179
IMO/Off. no. 2240800
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 13/08/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.4rank: 663
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Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny (New Jersey)
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General Electric Co.
Grace Line Inc. - W. R. Grace & Co., New York
captain Thompson T.
complement 11
no. of crew 56
no. of passengers 33
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 02/05/2010
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Allen Tony02/05/2010Santa Elisa SS was an American refrigerated cargo steamer of 8,379grt that was torpedoed by Italian motor torpedo boat MAS 564 on the 13th August 1942 when on route from the Clyde for Malta with a cargo of Avgas and munitions.
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Lettens Jan02/05/2014OPERATION PEDESTAL

On August 13th, 1942, German and Italian motor torpedo boats attack Malta-bound convoy before dawn.

German S-30, S-36, and Italian MAS-554 and MAS-557 torpedo and sink British merchantman WAIRANGI and damage ROCHESTER CASTLE.

U.S. freighter ALMERIA LYKES is torpedoed and is abandoned. The ship remains afloat, but is sunk by scuttling charge after daybreak. British destroyer HMS SOMALI rescues all hands: 51 merchant seamen, 15-man Armed Guard, and 39 passengers.

Freighter SANTA ELISA is torpedoed in the same attack, approximately 20 miles southeast of Cape Bon and is abandoned when her cargo of aviation gasoline catches fire. Four of the 33 embarked army passengers are killed, but the 56-man merchant complement and the 11-man Armed Guard suffer no fatalities. British destroyer HMS PENN rescues the survivors and transports them to Malta. SANTA ELISA Elisa is finished off by bombs later that day.

The Three surviving British transports and the one tanker will reach Malta later this day. a fourth transport will reach the island on 14 August.
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 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII

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About Builders
 Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny (New Jersey)
Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company was a subsidiary of U.S. Steel. Its Kearny shipyard was developed for the WWI war effort and managed to stay fully operational throughout the inter-war years. It expanded its capabilities for the WWII effort, with the aid of $10mm from the Navy, and developed a second shipyard, in Port Newark, with another $20mm from the Navy. Both yards closed permanently after WWII and were liquidated. The Kearny yard was on the Hackensack River, at Kearny Point, just south of the southerly of the two Routes 1 and 9 bridges:

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