panamanian US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.) SS Pink Star (+1941)
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nationality panamanian
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1926
is nickname no
weight (tons) 4150  grt
dimensions 108.8 x 15.6 x 7.7 m
material steel
engine 1 triple expansion engine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 391  n.h.p.
speed 11  knots
yard no. 25
IMO/Off. no. 5606466
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 20/09/1941  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.13rank: 647
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Oresundsvarvet A/B, Landskrona
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Götaverken A/B, Göteborg (Gothenburg)
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[1]US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.), Washington D.C.
SS Pink Star (+1941)
period 1941 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 5606466
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[2]Reimann A.
SS Lundby
period 1931 ~ 1941
IMO/Off. no.: 5606466
[3]Waage, Hagbart, Oslo (old Christiania)
SS Saga
period 1926 ~ 1931
captain John S. Mackenzie
no. of crew 35
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 26/10/2007
last update Gothro Phil
last update 03/04/2012
Allen Tony26/10/2007
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Vleggeert Nico07/12/2011According to Lloyds Register the Pink Star was powered by a 4 stroke 6 cylinders diesel engine.
Allen Tony20/09/2008The SS PINK STAR, ex Danish flag freighter, LUNDBY, was taken over by the U.S. and turned over to the War Shipping Administration for operation. The WSA assigned the ship to the U.S. Lines under a GAA agreement at the port of New York on August 11, 1941. The ship was taken over under an Executive Order at the port of New York on July 12, 1941. Renamed PINK STAR and registered in Panama on 8/13/41.The SS PINK STAR, a Panamanian flag freighter, was torpedoed by the German U-552 at 2351 GCT on September 19, 1941 while en route from New York to a United Kingdom port with a full cargo, in Convoy SC 44.

The Commanding Officer of the U-552 was Erich Topp. The crew was made up of 35 merchant seamen. Thirteen (13) were lost, one of them was an American. Another American survived. There isn´t any m ore data to be had in this ship´s file. Nothing to describe the attack or abandonment of the ship or of how they were rescued.
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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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