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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
O.S. Charles Pogue USMM
Messman Salvador Rodriguez USMM
Lt(jg) James Ruch USN
Oiler Simon Salde USMM
Messman Elias Santorio USMM
Sea 2c Clyde Sumser USN
O.S. Albert Tahan USMM
2nd Engineer Francisco Teixeira USMM
Jr. Engineer Etbino Vilanova USMM
Sea 2c William Wagner USN
Sea 2c James Weber USN
F/W James Wells USMM
A.B. George Williams USMM
Sea 2c LeRoy Willoughby USN
Sea 2c Milton Wimple USN


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking