american Merchants & Miners Transportation Co. (M & M T C) SS Merrimack (+1942)
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general
nationality american
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1920
is nickname no
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 2606  grt
dimensions 76.5 x 13.3 x 8 m
engine triple expansion engine
armament armed merchant ship
power 386  n.h.p.
speed 9.5  knots
yard no. 1866
IMO/Off. no. 2219656
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 10/06/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.43rank: 600
about people
builder
Mcdougall-Duluth Shipbuilding Co., Duluth
last owner
[1]Merchants & Miners Transportation Co. (M & M T C), Baltimore
SS Merrimack (+1942)
period 1933 ~ 1942
IMO/Off. no.: 2219656
prev. owners
[2]Us Shipping Board - United States Shipping Board - Ussb, Washington D.C.
SS Lake Floris
period 1920 ~ 1933
IMO/Off. no.: 2219656
captain Wilbur Flowers
complement 9
no. of crew 43
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depth (m.)
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[1]  uboat.net
[2] Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam
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entered by Claes Johnny
entered 11/06/2008
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 06/06/2011
 
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Allen Tony10/06/2009Merrimack SS was a American cargo steamer built in 1920 by McDougall-Duluth, USA as the LAKE FLORIS SS a cargo steamer. In 1933 she was purchased by her new owner and renamed MERRIMACK SS.
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Claes Johnny11/06/2008At 05.01 hours on 10 Jun, 1942, the unescorted Merrimack (Master Wilbur Flowers) was torpedoed by U-107 about 60 miles off Cozumel Island, south of the Yucatan Strait. The torpedo struck on the starboard side just forward of the bridge and the ship immediately developed a 20° list to starboard. The engines could not be secured and were running at full speed until the ship sank 38 minutes after the hit.

All officers, except the master, and 30 other survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat because the other was destroyed in the explosion. The boat was sucked into the still turning screw, apparently no one in the boat survived. Some men, including the master abandoned ship by jumping overboard and swimming to rafts. The master, seven crewmen and one armed guard were picked up from two rafts b y the USS Borie (DD 215) on 15 June in 20°48N/85°30W, after being spotted by a PBY Catalina flying boat. They were taken to Cristobal, arriving on 19 June. An able seaman was picked up from an raft on 15 June by the steam merchant Argentina and landed at New York on 20 June.
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