american SS Frances Salman (+1942)
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general
nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1919
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 2609  grt
dimensions 76.5 x 13.3 x 7.9 m
material steel
engine Triple expansion engine , 2 scotch boilers, single shaft, 1 screw
power 1500  i.h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 1855
call sign
KIZN  
KIZN
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 18/01/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.28rank: 622
about people
builder
Mcdougall-Duluth Shipbuilding Co., Duluth
last owner
[1]Canadian Gulf Lines Inc., Houston
SS Frances Salman (+1942)
period 1939 ~ 1942
call sign: 
KIZN
prev. owners
[2]Philadelphia & Norfolk S.S. Co. Inc., New York
SS James River
period 1924 ~ 1939
[3]Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.
Lake Flambeau
period 1919 ~ 1924
call sign: 
KIZN
captain Rasmus Wathne
no. of crew 28
about the wreck
depth (m.)
orientation
protected
war grave
references
references
[1]  shipscribe.com
[2] Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
[3]  uboat.net
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 30/04/2008
last update Gothro Phil
last update 03/04/2012
 
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Vleggeert Nico21/05/2008
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Claes Johnny16/01/2009At 06.44 hours on 18 Jan, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Frances Salman (Master Rasmus Wathne) was hit by one torpedo from U-552 off Newfoundland, after being missed by four torpedoes in four unsuccessful attacks. The ship attempted to escape and several distress signals were sent, but were not heard by Allied stations. The torpedo, fired from about 500 yards, struck the after part of the ship, causing her to sink by the stern within ten minutes in rough seas.

The bow remained above the water for about 25 minutes before disappearing. Some of the eight officers and 20 crewmen managed to launch a lifeboat, but due to the state of the seas, none of the men in the boat survived.

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