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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


Pan New York

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, October 29, 1942
U-Boat Attack West of Ireland
The SS Pan New York was torpedoed by U-624 about 550 miles west of Malin Head, Northern Ireland. She was carrying 88,000 barrels of gasoline. The explosion from the torpedo blew gasoline over the ship aft of the tank. Flames and fumes were sucked down into the engine room and crew's quarters, causing many to be overcome with smoke and fumes. Flames upon the water and rough seas prevented the rafts and the only remaining lifeboat from being launched. Survivors gathered aft to await rescue.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 42

Namesort descending Service Branch
2nd Mate Ernest Lowry USMM
3rd Mate Sherman Lupton USMM
O.S. Richard Moebus USMM
Chief Mate Gustav Nelson USMM
Cook George Perez USMM
Sea 2c Luther Reed USN
Sea 1c Thomas Restivo USN
Pumpman John Richey USMM
Sea 2c Robert Romaine USN
Messman George Schaeffer USMM
Sea 2c Junior Sink USN
2nd Engineer Charles Smith USMM
A.B. Frank Smith USMM
Oiler James Smith USMM
O.S. Nils Soderberg USMM
O.S. Joseph Spears USMM
Sea 1c Graham Stringer USN
Sea 2c John Thomas USN
Master Hedley Thompson USMM
Oiler Harry Turney USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking