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Charles C. Pinckney

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, January 27, 1943
U-Boat Attack near the Azores
The Liberty Ship Charles C. Pinckney was torpedoed by U-514 while en route to North Africa . The initial engagement began when a torpedo struck a few feet back from the stern. Engines were secured and the order was given to abandon ship. Once the U-boat surfaced, Naval Armed Guard shelled it with four out of five shells landing. The Officer in charge was certain the U-Boat sank. The was abandoned ... The next morning the ship was seen to be still afloat. The Second Mate returned and signaled the other lifeboats to return. When the second U-Boat was seen approaching the ship was abandoned immediately. ... The three lifeboats from the ship were separated after the January 28. One lifeboat was discovered on February 8, the others were never seen again.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 55

Name Service Branchsort descending
Sea 1c Ralph Cottrill USN
Sea 1c Charles Sing USN
Sea 2c Michael Karazia USN
Sea 1c Edward Hampton USN
Sea 1c William Layne USN
Sea 1c Vincent Kuleski USN
GM 3c Guy Keller USN
Sea 1c Raymond Doran USN
Cox Gordon Dentinger USN
Sea 1c Peter Penyak USN
Sea 1c John Peacher USN
Sea 1c Edward Olson USN
Sea 1c Charley Nuckolls USN
Sea 1c Gregory Parker USN
Sea 1c Edward Nickell USN


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking