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Scapa Flow

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, November 14, 1942
U-Boat Attack in the Atlantic
SS Scapa Flow was torpedoed by U-134 while en route to Philadelphia via Trinidad. The ship was struck by two torpedoes which seemed to cause the bottom to fall out as she settled below the water in less than a minute. ... Although the four wooden lifeboats broke up as they hit the water, survivors were able to use four rafts which had surfaced from the ship as well as a metal lifeboat aquired from the SS John Carter Rose.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 33

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Sea 2c Curran Womble USN
Chief Mate Theodore Walldorf USMM
F/W Sava Vukadinovich USMM
Lt(jg) George Taylor USN
O.S. William Szczepaniak USMM
Coal Passer John Sperka USMM
F/W Wadie Shonuda USMM
Chief Steward Peter Sanz USMM
2nd Mate Alfred Owen USMM
Coal Passer Ahmed Okasha USMM
Messman Peter Mcginn USMM
F/W Joquin Mateus USMM
Chief Cook John Martin USMM
Master Samuel Mace USMM
Carpenter Odd Leikanger USMM
Oiler Robert Kennedy USMM
Cox Walter Hutchinson USN
Coal Passer Alois Homolka USMM
Chief Engineer Robert Herdman USMM
Engine Cadet William Ginnelly USMM


A Careless Word A Needless Sinking