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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

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Jr. Engineer Charles Holton USMM
Chief Steward Frank Henriques USMM
3rd Cook Cecil Garcia USMM
Chief Mate Arthur Furnis USMM
A.B. Jack Epperson USMM
A.B. Arie Don USMM
F/W John Derzy USMM
Oiler Eugene Curry USMM
Carpenter Sotirios Criticos USMM
A.B. Stephen Crist USMM
Purser Patrick Corr USMM
F/W William Butler USMM
Wiper Arthur Bestic USMM
Wiper Moishe Berger USMM
Chief Cook Clarence Bell USMM


A Careless Word A Needless Sinking