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Esso Williamsburg

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, September 22, 1942
Torpedo attack by U211
The tanker Esso Williamsburg was torpedoed about 500 miles south of Cape Farewell Greenland. Although a weak distress signal was received from one of Esso Williamsburg's lifeboats, an extensive aerial search failed to locate any survivors.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 61

Namesort descending Service Branch
Storekeeper John Wentworth USMM


A Careless Word, a Needless Sinking