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Emidio - (1923- 1926)
Build in 1921 as "Hammac", for the U.S. Shipping Board, sold in 1923 as "Emidio"
to General Petroleum Co. Lost in 1941 by Japanese enemy action.
"Emidio", seen here as "Hammac", in service for General Petroleum Co.
"Emidio", seen here wrecked in 1941.
LOA 435 ' Beam 56 ' Depth 36 ' 6"
10,745 DWT 76,281 bbls
Triple expansion engine 48 " stroke, speed 10.6 knots
ex HAMMAC - 1926
Commissioned July 1921, at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Alameda, California, where she had been built for original
owners as HAMMAC. Purchased by General Petroleum Company in 1923 and acquired by Socony in 1926.
EMIDIO was left on the Pacific coast to serve the local needs of General Petroleum Company. She had the unhappy distinction
of being the first US tanker definitely known to be torpedoed and lost in WWII. The only prior US tanker loss was the ASTRAL,
whose complete disappearance with all hands in November 1941 has never been solved.
On 20 December 1941, 13 days after Pearl Harbor, EMIDIO was torpedoed and shelled by an enemy submarine,presumably Japanese,
on the surface and in daylight, about 20 miles off the coast of California. Five men lost their lives. The ship was abandoned.
Despite later attempts to salvage her, EMIDIO drifted ashore on the rocks off Crescent City, California. She was given up as lost on
26 December, and the hulk was sold in January 1942, "as is, where is" to R.C. Porter of San Francisco, who paid $1000 for
The Miramar Ship Index for "HAMMAC"
Torpedoed, shelled and sunk by Japanese sub. I-17, on 20 Dec 1941, in 40.33 N-125.00 W
(25 miles west of Cape Mendocino), voyage Seattle - San Pedro, in ballast
Additional information Starke & Schell registers :
HAMMAC - 1921 USA 1T (aft) (11)
6,900 GRT for U. S. Shipping Board, San Francisco 1047 435.0 x 56.2
Tanker build by Bethlehem SB. Corp., San Francisco (7) #5274 221460
1923 - EMIDIO, General Petroleum Corp., San Francisco
1926 - Standard Transportation Co., Inc., New York
1931 - Standard-Vacuum Transportation Co., Inc., New York
1935 - Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc., New York
Torpedoed, shelled and sunk by Japanese sub. I-17, 20 Dec 1941, in 40.33 N-125.00 W
(25 miles west of Cape Mendocino), voyage Seattle - San Pedro, in ballast.