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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, February 3, 1943
U-Boat Attack off coast of Greenland
The Transport Ship Dorchester was torpedoed by U-223 while en convoy from New Foundland to Greenland. The torpedo struck the starboard side of the ship, opening a hole in the hull which flooded the engine room. The engines were destroyed as were two life boats. ... Orders to abandon ship were issued within three minutes. Dorchester sank within twenty five minutes. ... Two hundred and thirty survivors were later picked up by CGC Escanaba and CGC Comanche who continued their search into the darkness. ... Four U.S. Army chaplains, Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist) were among the first on deck, handing out life jackets and assisting as they could. They were last seen by witnesses standing arm-in-arm on the hull of the ship. ... Six hundred and seventy-five were lost, making it the third largest US loss at sea of its kind during the war

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 128

Namesort descending Service Branch
Chief Cook Ira Ackermann USMM
Bos'n Odis Anderson USN
Waiter Pasquale Barbara USMM
Messman Arnulfo Barends USMM
Utility Alejandro Barrios USMM
Wiper Graham Baylis USMM
Baker Joseph Bertolotti USMM
Waiter Frederick Bidgood USMM
Wiper Wladyslaw Borkowitz USMM
A.B. Kenneth Brady USMM
F/W Gilbert Brown USMM
Pantryman Hiram Browne USMM
Galleyman Louis Burgos USMM
Cook Raymond Caradeuc USMM
Waiter Adolph Colon USMM
Oiler Thomas Corrales USMM
Galleyman Joseph Cottrell USMM
Master Hans Danielsen USMM
Waiter Charles Davies USMM
Waiter Daniel Davila USMM


Various Sources