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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
2nd Engineer Elmer Maihiot USMM
Master Harold Mcavenia USMM
Chief Mate Einar Nilsson USMM
Messman Joseph Santosuosso USMM
Oiler Ezra Shelton USMM
Radio Officer Francis Siltz USMM
Wiper Leonard Smith USMM
F/W Walter Tootle USMM
Oiler Laureano Torres USMM
Pumpman Walter Tulane USMM
Cook Earl Volkert USMM
Messman Francis Wagner USMM
A.B. Constantine Wahter USMM
Storekeeper George Zenos USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking.