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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Monday, September 30, 1918
Torpedoed by Submarine U-152
The Transport Ticonderoga was a captured, German built, merchant ship that was put into service to carry animals, troops, and supplies to Europe in World War I. On September 22nd, 1918, during her third crossing to Europe, Ticonderoga developed engine troubles and fell behind her convoy. A German submarine, U-152, soon found her and prepared to attack. Ticonderoga reacted quickly and attempted to ram the surfaced submarine. Nearly missing the sub, a two hour running gun battle resulted that eventually knocked out both of TICONDEROGA's deck guns, killed or wounded almost all of the crew and passengers and left the ship taking on water. The commanding officer, nearly faint from the loss of blood and his ship's decks nearly awash, ordered the ship abandoned. She subsequently sank.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 117

Namesort descending Service Branch
Fireman 1st clas George Schaefer USN
Machinist Mate 1 Wallace Scott USN
Fireman 1st clas John Seis USN
Seaman 1st class William Shinnera USN
Fireman 1st clas Robert Sorbert USN
Ensign Albert Stafford USN
Engineman 2nd cl William Sweeney USN
Fireman 2nd clas Philip Tarr USN
Chief Boatswain' Samuel Taylor USN
Baker 1st class Ernest Thompson USN
Seaman 2nd class Harold Van Esch USN
Seaman John Van Horn USN
Seaman 2nd class Chester Webb USN
Ensign Richard Wells USN
Ensign Fred Wood USN
Ensign George Woodard USN
Fireman 3rd clas Harvey Woolbridge USN