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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Chief Cook John Martin USMM
F/W Joquin Mateus USMM
O.S. Francis Bennett USMM
Messman Peter Mcginn USMM
3rd Mate Joseph Carmana USMM
Coal Passer Ahmed Okasha USMM
Radio Officer Domingo Castaneda USMM
2nd Mate Alfred Owen USMM
F/W Candido Costa USMM
Chief Steward Peter Sanz USMM
A.B. Alfredo Dasilva USMM
F/W Wadie Shonuda USMM
F/W Jose Desilva USMM
Coal Passer John Sperka USMM
F/W Harry Doyle USMM
O.S. William Szczepaniak USMM
Oiler James Gemza USMM
F/W Sava Vukadinovich USMM
F/W Joao Geraldo USMM
Chief Mate Theodore Walldorf USMM


A Careless Word A Needless Sinking