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Eocene - (1935-1942)
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Additional information Starke & Schell registers :
FORT McHENRY 1922 USA 1T (aft) (10½)
4,218 Grt for Bethlehem SB. Corp., Baltimore 340.1 x 49.2
Tanker build by Bethlehem SB. Corp., Ltd., Baltimore (8) #125 222013
1923 - VACOIL Vacuum Oil Co., Inc., New York
1929 - SCHULAU Deutsche Vacuum Oel A.G., Hamburg GE
1935 - EOCENE Standard Transportation Co., Ltd., Hong Kong BR 159416
1941 - Socony-Vacuum Transportation Co., Ltd., London
Torp. and sunk by U 431, 20 May 1942, in 31.56N-25.14E, voy. Alexandria - Tobruk, benzine & water
Additional information from Uboat.net :
Type: Steam tanker
Tonnage: 4.216 tons
Completed: 1922 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Baltimore MD
Owner: Socony Vacuum Transportation Co Ltd, Montreal
Date of attack: 20 May, 1942
Fate: Sunk by U-431 (Wilhelm Dommes)
Position: 31.56N, 25.14E - Grid CO 9125
- See location on a map -
Complement: 43 (0 dead and 43 survivors).
Route: Alexandria (18 May) - Tobruk
Cargo: 1980 tons of benzine and 3700 tons of water
History: Built as Fort McHenry, 1923 renamed Vacoil, 1929 renamed Schulau, 1935 renamed Eocene
for Standard Transportation Co Ltd, Hong Kong; 1941 transferred to Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).
Notes on loss:
At 20.19 hours on 20 May 1942, the Eocene (Master H.W. Wilcox) in convoy AT-46 was torpedoed and sunk by U-431 near
Sollum. The master, 34 crew members, six gunners and two army engineers were picked up by the British armed trawler
HMS Cocker and landed at Tobruk.