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The United States Navy Memorial

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

Name Service Branchsort descending
A.B. Joseph Collins USMM
Messman George Schaeffer USMM
A.B. Edgar Grothe USMM
Master Hedley Thompson USMM
Steward Thomas Hogan USMM
2nd Mate Ernest Lowry USMM
Sea 1c Earl Whitworth USN
Sea 2c Burlon Beam USN
Sea 2c James Beck USN
Sea 2c Marvin Hamby USN
Sea 2c James Hewell USN
Lt William Herzog USN
Sea 2c Luther Reed USN
Sea 2c John Thomas USN
Sea 2c Joseph Comtois USN
Sea 2c George Breault USN
Sea 1c Thomas Restivo USN
Sea 2c Junior Sink USN
Sea 2c Bernard Heck USN
Sea 2c William Gunter USN


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking