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Steel Navigator

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, October 19, 1942
U-Boat Attack in the North Atlantic
Having sighted the surfaced U-610 off the starboard beam, SS Steel Navigator was swung to bring the U-Boat astern. The U-Boat submerged. The gun crew had a chance to fire two rounds. That afternoon, a torpedo struck the ship on the starboard side. The boilers exploded and the ship sank in about 3 minutes. Initally faced with a calm sea, the weather worsened and lifeboats became seperated. Only the men on the #2 lifeboat were ever seen again. They were rescued eight days later.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 35

Namesort descending Service Branch
Cook Antonio Abad USMM
Oiler John Anderson USMM
Cook Bernabe Batham USMM
Sea 2c James Butler USN
Carpenter Nicolas Carballo USMM
A.B. George Cole USMM
Chief Engineer August Douvener USMM
Bosun Frank Greaves USMM
3rd Mate Fritz Hansen USMM
F/W William Hartnett USMM
Oiler Charles Hecht USMM
1st Engineer James Hughes USMM
Master Lars Jorgenson USMM
Steward Joseph Lewis USMM
Wiper Michael Lewis USMM
A.B. Jesse Mason USMM
Sea 2c LaRue Mayer USN
Chief Mate William Mccarthy USMM
Messman Edwin Nelwan USMM
Sea 2c John Olsen USN


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking