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Francis Asbury

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, December 3, 1944
Mine Explosion
SS Francis Asbury struck a mine while approaching the Schelde River along the coast of Belgium. The explosion was so powerful the ship ws nearly blown in half.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 17

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Sea 1c Gustave Wilde USN
SM 3c George Watt USN
Oiler Archie Tomlinson USMM
Sea 1c Rudolph Toko USN
Sea 1c John Sell USN
2nd Engineer Smithman Richardson USMM
Wiper Henry Pickell USMM
Cook William Mallard USMM
Chief Engineer Robert Justice USMM
Chief Steward Mortimer Harrison USMM
Sea 1c William Flood USN
Sea 1c Arthur Durocher USN
F/W Raymond Cleary USMM
Chief Cook Rupert Church USMM
2nd Mate Earle Appleton USMM
Messman William Anderson USMM
Sea 1c Joseph Abbatello USN
A Carless Word A Needless Sinking