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Steel Navigator

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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Master Lars Jorgenson USMM
Jr. Engineer Etbino Vilanova USMM
Steward Joseph Lewis USMM
Oiler John Anderson USMM
Wiper Michael Lewis USMM
Bosun Frank Greaves USMM
A.B. Jesse Mason USMM
A.B. George Williams USMM
Chief Mate William Mccarthy USMM
Messman Edwin Nelwan USMM
O.S. Charles Pogue USMM
Messman Salvador Rodriguez USMM
Oiler Simon Salde USMM
Messman Elias Santorio USMM
Cook Antonio Abad USMM
O.S. Albert Tahan USMM
Cook Bernabe Batham USMM
F/W James Wells USMM
Carpenter Nicolas Carballo USMM
Chief Engineer August Douvener USMM