american US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.) SS Almeria Lykes (+1942)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1940
weight (tons) 7773  grt
dimensions 142.95 x 21.34 x 8.9 m
material steel
engine Steam turbines
power 1417  n.h.p.
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date lost 13/08/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
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US Maritime Commission - War Shipping Administration - WSA.), Washington D.C.
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Allen Tony17/03/2009Following an air attack on August 13th, 1942, the American steamship Almeria Lykes SS had to be abandoned near Pantellaria Island in the Mediterranean. She was later sunk by a torpedo fired from a German motor torpedo boat.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
Claes Johnny19/11/20071940 ALMERIA LYKES, Lykes Bros SS Co.USA. 1941 EMPIRE CONDOR (1), MOWT managed by Donaldson Bros & Black Ltd. 1942 ALMERIA LYKES, United States Maritime Commission. 13.8.42 Sunk by E-Boats off Cape Bon
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Jan Lettens02/05/2014OPERATION 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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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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