WRECKSITE - NORLOM CARGO SHIP 1919-1943

WRECKSITE - NORLOM CARGO SHIP 1919-1943

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norwegian SS Norlom (+1943) report an error
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general
nationality norwegian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1919
status
lifted lifted
details
tonnage 6412  grt
dimensions 122.7 x 16.7 x -- m
material steel
engine 1 x 3-cyl. triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 359  n.h.p.
speed 11.5  knots
yard no. 60
about the loss
cause lost air raid
date lost 02/12/1943  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.7rank: 687
about people
builder
Skinner & Eddy Corp., Seattle
engine by
Hooven, Owens & Rentschler Co., Hamilton (Ohio)
last owner
[1]Norwegian Government
SS Norlom (+1943)
period 1942 ~ 1943
prev. owners
[2]MOWT - Ministry of War Transport (WWII)
SS Empire Dunlin
period 1941 ~ 1942
IMO/Off. no.: 168161
call sign: 
GNLL
[3]US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.)
SS Editor
period 1937 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 218887
call sign: 
LSTG
[4]US Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - USSB
SS Editor
period 1919 ~ 1937
IMO/Off. no.: 218887
call sign: 
LSTG
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entered 30/01/2011
last update Allen Tony
last update 01/09/2015
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The cataclysmic explosion of one of the ammunition ships John Harvey or John L. Motley at Bari, Italy, 2nd December 1943.
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History
Levano Hervé 30/07/2014
8/1919: U.S.Shipping Board,Seattle,USA "EDITOR"
/1937: U.S.Maritime Commision,Seattle do
/1941: Ministry of War Transport(J.A.Billmeir & Co.Ltd)London "EMPIRE DUNLIN"
10/1942: Norwegian Government-Norw.Sh.& Trade Mission,Oslo "NORLOM"
12/1943: Sank ved Bari den 2/12 av skader hun fikk da amerikansk
damper"JOHN L.MOTLEY" exploderte under luftangrep fra
tyske fly på reise Liverpool til Bari med kull.Refloat den
3/12-1946 og solgt til italienske opphuggere.
Jan Lettens 30/01/2011
BARI BOMBING DISASTER, 2 December 1943

The German air attack on Bari, Italy opened at 1925 hours 2nd December 1943, with bombers (105 Ju-88s) hitting allied merchants unloading supplies for the forces engaged in the battle for Rome.

Fire on ammunition ships John Harvey and bomb hits on John L. Motley caused massive detonations which shattered windows seven miles away. A bulk gasoline pipeline and supply were severed and the gushing fuel ignited engulfing other ships.

Seventeen merchant ships laden with nearly 35,000 tons of cargo were destroyed (5 American, 5 British, 3 Norwegian, 2 Italian, 2 Polish, with another 7 vessels heavily damaged). The port area was closed for three weeks and was only back in operation by February 1944.

In total, 800 crew and civilians lost their lifes in the fire, explosions and poisoning by mustard gas that was on board John Harvey.

List of ships lost:

ALLIED MERCHANTS

John Harvey (US Liberty, 7177 gt)
John L. Motley (US Liberty, 7176 gt)
John Bascom (US Liberty, 7176 gt)
Joseph Wheeler (US Liberty, 7176 gt)
Samuel J. Tilden (US Liberty, 7176 gt)
Lom2">Fort Athabasca (Canadian, 7132 gt)
Fort Lajoie (Canadian, 7134 gt )
Testbank (British, 5083 gt)
Lars Kruse (British, 1897 gt)
Devon Coast (British, 646 gt)
Bollsta (Norwegian, 1832 gt)
Norlom (Norwegian, 6412 gt)
Lom (Norwegian, 1268 gt)
Lwow (Polish, 1409 gt)
Puck (Polish, 1065 gt)
Frosinone (Italian, 5202 gt)
Barletta (Italian, 1975 gt)

OTHER:
Inaffondabile (Italian)
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About Builders
Skinner & Eddy Corp., Seattle
Skinner & Eddy operated only during WWI, building cargo ships initially for export and then for the U.S. Shipping Board. The shipyard was located on the downtown Seattle waterfront, at the foot of Atlantic Street, immediately to the south of Todd's original Seattle shipyard, the former Seattle Dry Dock & Construction. In May 1918, Todd sold its...

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