struck by torpedo on the starboard bow, entering the hull where
it exploded blowing away deck house, radio room, all upper works,
and the forward main, and blowing water in the air causing vessel
to settle forward quickly and sink at 0645. Japanese submarine
1-21 also delivered shell fire. Crew abandoned vessel at 0555
in lifeboats and picked up 4-5 hours later.
Report on US Merchant Tanker War Action Casualty [In Part]
When the vessel
was torpedoed she settled down almost immediatlely on the fore
part, and then she settled gradually more and more, and by the
time she went down, the after end of the vessel came up 150 feet
in the air, and then she went straight down.
Testimony by Captain Olof W. Ekstrom
on the US Merchant Tanker War Action Casualty Note
was sighted before, during and after attack
Navigation lights were off at time of attack, 0540
Vessel abandoned 0555 Vessel Sank 0645
Number of lookouts: 2
Number on engineering watch below: 3
Vessel Carried 4 lifeboats and 4 were used to abandon ship
Draft loaded ( maximum allowed): 29' 10 1/2"
Draft when attacked: 29'10"