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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


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
Oiler James Gemza USMM
F/W Sava Vukadinovich USMM
F/W Joao Geraldo USMM
Chief Mate Theodore Walldorf USMM
Engine Cadet William Ginnelly USMM
Chief Engineer Robert Herdman USMM
Sea 2c Kenneth Barnes USN
Sea 2c Worth Dees USN
Sea 2c Clyde Dunn USN
Sea 2c Lawrence Doyle USN
Cox Walter Hutchinson USN
Lt(jg) George Taylor USN
Sea 2c Curran Womble USN


A Careless Word A Needless Sinking