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Jonathan Sturges

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Tuesday, February 23, 1943
U-Boat Attack en route to New York
The Liberty Ship Jonathan Sturges was torpedoed by U-707 in the North Atlantic while in return convoy to New York from Liverpool, England. After straggling away from the convoy, the ship was struck by two torpedoes and began flooding at once. Orders to abandon ship were given immediately after the attack. All survivors ended up on two lifeboats. ... Survivors from the first boat were finally picked up ao March 12. Of the seventeen survivors on the second boat, only five remained alive after forty-one days at sea.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 48

Namesort descending Service Branch
Radio Officer Thomas Porter USMM
Deck Engineer Harrison Rodrique USMM
Cox Leo Rohrbach USN
Messman Henry Statzell USMM
Wiper Fred Stebbins USMM
Chief Steward Stanley Taylor USMM
Ens Grayson Watkins USN
Deck Cadet William Wilson USMM


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