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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


W. L. Steed

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Monday, February 2, 1942
U-Boat Attack near Delaware River
The Tanker W.L. Steed was attacked by U-103 about 90 miles from the mouth of the Deleware River. The torpedo strike set the cargo afire and caused the bow to to settle. The U-Boat later surfaced to finish the job by shelling the tanker. ..The four lifeboats from W.L. Steed were subjected terrible storm and cold. ... Only four from the crew of 38 survived the harsh cold and heavy seas.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 34

Name Service Branchsort descending
Messman Edison Choate USMM
Cook Earl Volkert USMM
3rd Mate Cecil Ezell USMM
Messman Francis Wagner USMM
Storekeeper Robert Elder USMM
A.B. Constantine Wahter USMM
O.S. James Erdos USMM
Storekeeper George Zenos USMM
Wiper David Field USMM
Chief Engineer Ernest Bornheimer USMM
Messman Ernest Hawkins USMM
1st Engineer William Burrell USMM
Oiler Robert Kyle USMM
Chief Engineer Walter Christiansen USMM
3rd Engineer Jack Levet USMM
O.S. Arthur Chandler USMM
Master Harold Mcavenia USMM
Machinist James Grant USMM
Cook Oliveira Andrade USMM
Chief Mate Einar Nilsson USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking.