american SS Arcata (+1942)
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nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1919
weight (tons) 2722  grt
dimensions 88.09 x 13.44 x 5.85 m
engine triple expansion engines, single shaft, 1 screw
power 233 
speed 12  knots
yard no. 14
IMO/Off. no. 217972
about the loss
cause lost gunfire - shelled
date lost 14/07/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.7rank: 657
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Albina Engine & Machinery Works Inc., Portland (Oregon)
last owner
[1]Hammond Lumber Co.
SS Arcata (+1942)
period 1937 ~ 1942
IMO/Off. no.: 217972
prev. owners
[2]Nelson Charles Co., San Francisco
SS Glymont
period 1925 ~ 1937
IMO/Off. no.: 217972
[3]Cook C. W., San Francisco
SS Glymont
period 1923 ~ 1925
IMO/Off. no.: 217972
[4]United States Government
SS Glymont
period 1919 ~ 1923
IMO/Off. no.: 217972
complement 3
no. of crew 29
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 25/04/2008
last update Allen Tony
last update 23/08/2014
[1] Allen Tony30/04/2014
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Lettens Jan30/04/2014On July 14th, 1942, Unarmed U.S. freighter Arcata, steaming from Bethel, Alaska, to Seattle, Washington, is shelled and sunk by Japanese submarine I-7.

Seven of the 29-man crew perish. Three Navy and one civilian passenger survive the attack. I-7 machineguns the life rafts. One sailor suffers mortal wounds.

Destroyer USS Kane (DD-235) rescues 11 of Arcata's survivors and fishing boat Yukon picks up 14.

1. Japanese records and US records disagree on the place of sinking by +/- 15 miles.
2. Also the machine-gunning of the rafts is seen different. Japan records say 'I-7 ceases firing after life rafts are spotted, but not before a merchant sailor is killed'
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 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII
Allen Tony23/03/2009The American steamship Arcata SS was shelled by a Japanese submarine off Kamchatka on July 15th, 1942. Two of her crew died of injuries and six from exposure.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam

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About Builders
 Albina Engine & Machinery Works Inc., Portland (Oregon)
Albina Engine & Machine Works, Inc., was founded in 1904 as a repair yard, by William Cornfoot, a Scotsman. It survived the lean inter-war years and flourished in WWII but weakened in the post-war years. It was sold to Dillingham Corp. in about 1971 and became Dillingham Ship Repair. When Dillingham liquidated itself in 1986, it became Cascade General but concentrated its activities at the Swan Island shipyard, closing the original yard.

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