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William H. Welch

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Saturday, February 26, 1944
Heavy Seas at Fura Island
The Liberty Ship William H. Welch was driven aground by heavy seas. The ship broke in two. Heavy seas prevented lifeboats from being launched.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 35

Name Service Branchsort descending
Jr. Engineer Charles Holton USMM
O.S. Olaf Stoneman USMM
3rd Mate Frank Hoyer USMM
A.B. William Taber USMM
Oiler Klemens Hupa USMM
2nd Cook Ronald Thompson USMM
Chief Cook Clarence Bell USMM
Messman Edward Ishzaak USMM
Messman John Vissetti USMM
Wiper Moishe Berger USMM
O.S. Edgar Jones USMM
3rd Engineer Bernhard Wolf USMM
Wiper Arthur Bestic USMM
A.B. Elias Laskaris USMM
Chief Steward Frank Henriques USMM
F/W William Butler USMM
1st Engineer Hugh Mcinnes USMM
Purser Patrick Corr USMM
Chief Engineer Daniel Mcmahon USMM
A.B. Stephen Crist USMM


A Careless Word A Needless Sinking