american US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.) SS Alexander Macomb [+1942]
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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 1942
weight (tons) 7179  grt
dimensions 134.6 x 17.3 x 10.61 m
material steel
engine triple expansion engine
armament 1 x stern mounted 4"/102 mm deck gun  [*]
power 339  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 03/07/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.10rank: 652
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Bethlehem Fairfield Shipbuilding Corp. Ltd. - Bethlehem Steel, Fairfield
US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.), Washington D.C.
no. of crew 41
about the wreck
depth (m.) 40 max. / -- min. (m)
war grave
entered by Lettens Jan
entered 02/02/2008
last update Lettens Jan
last update 15/05/2012

[*] means that the value was inherited from Richard Montgomery SS [+1944], the reference for Liberty EC2-S-C1.
[1] Royvmartin30/04/2008
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Vleggeert Nico10/09/2008The American cargo ship Alexander Macomb was torpedoed by U-215 and sunk on July 3rd, 1942, on a voyage from New York to Archangelsk, carrying a cargo of 9000 tons of military equipment, tanks, planes and explosives Fifteen lives were lost.
Allen Tony15/05/2012The newly-built SS Macomb was traveling in a wartime convoy bound for Murmansk, Russia, via Halifax. The convoy was being escorted by British and American warships. Due to some problem, the SS Macomb lagged behind the convoy and was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-215. When the attack occurred, the British ship HMS Le Tigre chased down the submarine and destroyed it with depth charges. The exact locations of the SS Macomb and U-215 wrecks were unknown for many years

. Then in the summer of 2004, the wrecks were located by a Canadian team of researchers.
Royvmartin30/04/2008Metals salvaged by Droxford (Risdon Beazley) 1965.

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Claes Johnny15/10/2007sunk by U-215
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About Owners
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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 Bethlehem Fairfield Shipbuilding Corp. Ltd. - Bethlehem Steel, Fairfield
Bethlehem Steel Corporation's shipbuilding division was created in 1905 when it acquired the San Francisco shipyard Union Iron Works in 1905.
In 1917 it was incorporated as Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation , Limited, otherwise known as BethShip.

Headquarters were in Quincy , Massachusetts after acquiring Fore River Shipyard in 1913 and later in Sparrows Point, Maryland in 1964.

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