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W.E. Hutton - (1920-1924)
"W. E. Hutton".
( Photo courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News VA )

The Miramar Ship Index for "PORTOLA PLUMAS"
IDNo:
2219834
Year:
1920
Name:
PORTOLA PLUMAS
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
30.08.1919
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
04.1920

DWT:
10078
Yard No:
5264
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
132.6
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
17.1
Builder:
Bethlehem
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Alameda
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1T-11

Subsequent History:
1923 W.E. HUTTON

Disposal Data:
Torpedoed and sunk 34.25 N / 76.50 W 19.03.1942 (13 dead).

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Name change
Registered Owner
219834
2219834
1920
PORTOLA PLUMAS
7076
U.S. Govt.
219834
2219834
1920
W.E. HUTTON
7076
1923
Pure Oil SS Co.

Additional information from UBOAT.NET :

Name
W.E. Hutton
Type:
Steam tanker
Tonnage
7,076 tons
Completed
1920 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Alameda CA
Owner
Pure Oil Co, Nederland TX
Homeport
Baltimore
Date of attack
19 Mar 1942
Nationality: American
- See location on a map -
Fate
Sunk by U-124 (Johann Mohr)
Position
34.25N, 76.50W - Grid DC 1183
Complement
36 (13 dead and 23 survivors).
Convoy
-
Route
Smiths Bluff, Texas (12 Mar) - Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania
Cargo
65.000 barrels of #2 heating oil
History
Completed in April 1920 as Portola Plumas for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1922 re-named W.E. Hutton for Pure Oil Co, Nederland TX.
Notes on loss
At 05.38 hours on 19 Mar, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed W.E. Hutton (Master Carl A. Flaathan) was hit by one of two torpe-does fired by U-124 when steaming on a non-evasive course at 10 knots about 20 miles southeast of Cape Lookout. The torpedo was spotted by a lookout before it hit the starboard bow near the stem, buckling the bow, flooding the fore-peak tanks and carrying away both anchors. The master ordered the crew to prepare the life-boats, sent distress signals and changed course towards the coast. At 05.48 hours, a coup de grâce hit on the port side amid-ships just aft of the bridge, destroying the pilot house, spraying oil over the ship and setting the midship section on fire. The tanker sank by the bow about one hour after the initial at-tack. One officer and twelve crew men were lost. The master, six officers and 16 crewmen abandoned ship in two lifeboats and two rafts, transfer-red into one boat at daybreak and were picked up after about 12 hours by the British motor merchant Port Halifax and transferred to the pilot boat at the Savannah Sea Buoy.