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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Cook Raymond Caradeuc USMM
Galleyman Mariano Flores USMM
Cook Antonio Lopes USMM
A.B. Daniel Nitti USMM
Pantryman John Seibel USMM
Radio Officer William Mcgill USMM
Waiter Adolph Colon USMM
Waiter Luis Florez USMM
O.S. Diamantino Lopes USMM
A.B. James O'rourke USMM
Wiper Martin Silberg USMM
Radio Officer Frank Patalive USMM
Oiler Thomas Corrales USMM
Oiler Frank Griesmann USMM
Waiter Ramon Lopez USMM
Waiter Thomas Ocasio USMM
Purser Paul Slawson USMM
Galleyman Joseph Cottrell USMM
Master Hans Danielsen USMM
Utility Antonio Guissa USMM


Various Sources