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Liebre - (1921-1926)
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"Liebre", was built in 1921. Sold to the US Navy in 1945 as "Meredosia".
Scrapped at Mobile in 1947.
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Additional information :
Mobile Floating Storage Tanker:
Built in 1921 at Union Construction Co., Oakland, CA., as the tanker Liebre for Socony-Vacuum Oil Co., Inc.;
Acquired by the Navy from the WSA on bareboat charter basis and commissioned, USS Meredosia (IX-193), 16 February 1945;
Decommissioned, 2 February 1946, at Mobile, AL., and returned to WSA the same day;
Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946;
Final Disposition, sold for scraping, 8 February 1947, by the Maritime Commission to the H. H. Buncher Co.
Displacement 16,000 t.;
Draft 29' 6";
Speed 11 kts;
Armament one 5" gun mount, one 3"/50 gun mount, eight 20mm guns;
Additional information from Uboat.net :
Type: Steam tanker Tonnage: 7.057 tons
Completed: 1921 - Union Construction Co, Oakland CA
Owner: Socony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York
Homeport: New York
Date of attack: 2 Apr, 1942
Nationality: American Fate: Damaged by U-123 (Reinhard Hardegen)
Position: 34.11N, 76.08W - Grid DC 1196
- See location on a map -
Complement: 34 (9 dead and 25 survivors).
Route: New York (30 Mar) - Beaumont, Texas
Cargo: Water ballast
History: On 16 Feb, 1945, the Liebre was taken over by the US Navy at Pearl Harbor and commissioned as USS Meredosia (IX 193).
The ship was sold for scrap on 8 Feb, 1947.
Notes on loss: At 07.18 hours on 2 Apr, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Liebre (Master Frank C. Giradeau) was missed
by a torpedo from U-123, while steaming a zigzagging couse at 10.5 knots about 17 miles east of Cape Lookout Outer buoy.
The U-boat surfaced and began shelling the tanker for about 40 minutes. The first hit was scored on the starboard side well
forward, thus the master changed the course to put the stern toward the U-boat. Another shell hit the after end of the flying
bridge carrying away all controls. At least ten shells hit the midships house and crew quarters. Three shells penetrated the
hull and one of these hit the generator, plunging the ship into darkness. The ship was stopped, a radio message was sent
and the crew of eight officers and 26 crewmen began to abandon ship after 15 minutes in two lifeboats. One officer and
eight men died, seven drowned when they jumped overboard and two died of shrapnel injuries. The British motor torpedo
boat HMS MTB-332 appeared, forcing the U-boat to cease the attack and leave the area. The lifeboats were towed back
to the tanker by a US Coast Guard boat and the master and nine crew members reboarded her eight hours after the
attack, while one lifeboat with 15 men was towed to Morehead City, North Carolina by the US Coast Guard boat.
The tug Resolute and the British armed trawler HMS St. Zeno (FY 280) towed the Liebre into Morehead City,
arriving there on 4 April. After temporary repairs were made, she was towed to Baltimore for reconstruction and
returned to service on 19 July.