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E. L. Doheny III - ( 1920-1925)
SS "E. G. Seubert", torpedoed 2/23/1944.
"E. G. Seubert" was build in 1918 as "Edward L. Doheng III", by New York SB. Corp., Camden, N.J., yard No. 190.
Keel laid Dec 24, 1917, launch Aug 17, 1918.
Oil tanker (Petroleum Transport Co.), 485 feet, 18,220 grt.
Transferred to Navy and commissioned Nov 25, 1918. Assigned to Naval Overseas Transportation Service and
carried oil from Port Arthur to Europe. Decomissioned Nov 17, 1919 in New York and returned to the US Shipping Board.
Doheny family was involved in Teapot Dome scandal and a murder-suicide involving Doheney, Jr.;
case inspired a Raymond Chandler novel.
"Edward L. Doheny III", during WW1 in Camouflage dressing.
The Miramar Ship Index for "E.L. DOHENY III"
1925 F.H. WICKETT - 1931 E.G. SEUBERT
Torpedoed and sunk by (U-510) 13.50 N / 48.49 E on 22.02.1944 ( 6 dead ) [ Voyage Abadan-Aden, fuel oil ]
Sister ships are R. G. Stewart and F. W. Abrams.
Built in 1918 by the New York Shipbuiiding Corp., Camden, NJ;
Acquired by the Navy, 25 November 1918 and commissioned the same day;
Decommissioned, 17 November 1919 and returned to the United States Shipping Board.
Displacement 18,220 t.;
Length 485' 3";
Beam 62' 6";
Speed 10 kts.;
Armament one 4" and one 3".
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:
Edward L. Dohney III (No 3835), a tanker, was built in 1918 by New York Shipbuiiding Corp., Camden, N.J.; transferred to the Navy
from the Shipping Board 25 November 1918; and commissioned the same day, Lieutenant Commander N. S. Baker,
USNRF, in command.
Edward L. Doheng III made one voyage to Tampico in December 1918 to load oil which she delivered to east coast ports. Reloading at
Port Arthur, Tex., she sailed for Europe to discharge at various ports. Many similar voyages were made in the Naval Overseas Trans-
portation Service throughout 1919, and occasionally the tanker doubled as a transport, bringing home troops. In August she delivered
oil to the Canal Zone and Guantanamo Bay, reloaded at New Orleans and proceeded to Scotland to offload in the Clyde. She return-
ed to New York 20 October 1919, was decommissioned 17 November 1919 and returned to the Shipping Board for disposal.
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
E. L. DOHENY III - 1918 USA 1Q (aft) (10½)
7,753 GRT for U. S. Shipping Board, Philadelphia 467.6 x 62.7
Tanker build by New York SB. Corp., Camden, N.J. (11) #190 217173
ordered by Petroleum Navigation Co., Inc.
(11/18 - 11/19 - U. S. Navy requisition - Naval Overseas Transportation Service #3835)
1920 - Pan-American Petroleum & Transport Co., Inc., Los Angeles
1925 - F. H. WICKETT, s/o
1931 - E. G. SEUBERT, s/o
1933 - Pan-American Foreign Corp., Wilmington, Del.
1935 - Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del.
Torp. and sunk by U 510, 22 Feb 1944, in 13.50 N - 48.49E, voyage Abadan - Aden, fuel oil.
Additional information from Uboat.net :
Name: E.G. Seubert
Type: Steam tanker
Tonnage: 9.181 tons
Completed: 1918 - New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden NJ
Owner: Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York
Date of attack: 22 Feb, 1944
Fate: Sunk by U-510 (Alfred Eick)
Position: 13.50N, 48.49E - Grid MP 5511
- See location on a map -
Complement: 70 (6 dead and 64 survivors).
Route: Abadan, Iran (13 Feb) - Aden - Suez - North Africa
Cargo: 79.000 barrels of Admiralty fuel
History: Built as E.L. Doheny III, 1925 renamed F.H. Wickett, 1930 renamed E.G. Seubert
Notes on loss:
On 22 Feb, 1944, U-510 made two attacks at the convoy PA-69 about 200 miles from Aden and reported
two tankers and one freighter sunk, one freighter was left burning and sinking and one other freighter was damaged by one
torpedo. Three tankers were hit, the San Alvaro, E.G. Seubert and Erling Brøvig. The last stayed afloat with a broken
back and both parts were towed to port. It is not clear whether one ship was hit by two torpedoes.
The E.G. Seubert (Master Ivar Boklund) in station #21 was hit by one torpedo on the port side in the #10 tank and the
cross bunkers. The explosion blew one of the after machine guns over the side and started a small fire. The steam
smothering line quickly put out the flames. The engines were stopped, as the tanker settled rapidly with a list to port.
Only one lifeboat could be launched before the ship suddenly capsized to port and sank by the stern, twelve minutes
after the hit. The most of her crew of eight officers, 35 men and 27 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one
3in and eight 20mm guns) abandoned ship by jumping overboard and had to swim through fuel oil several inches
thick. One officer, two men and three armed guards, including the commanding officer died. The survivors were picked
up by the Australian minesweeper HMAS Tamworth (J 181) and the Indian corvette HMIS Orissa (J 200)
and taken to Aden, arriving on 24 February.