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Geo H. Jones - (1941-1942)
SS "Geo H. Jones", torpedoed in 1942 and sunk northeast of the Azores.
Sisterships are S. B. Hunt, Dean Emery, Elisha Walker, I. C. White and Joseph Seep.
About the Ship
Built by Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania, 1919. 6,689 gross tons; 429 (bp) feet long; 59 feet wide.
Steam Triple Expansion engines, single screw. Service speed 10 knots. Tanker, yard hull 14, USA Reg 218629. a/k/a Geo H. Jones.
Built for Standard Oil of New Jersey, American flag, in 1919 and named George H. Jones. Generally Tampico,
Mexico to New York and other US ports service.
Torpedoed U455 on Aruba to Ardossan, with cargo fuel oil in 1942.
SS "Geo H. Jones" in war outfit.
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
1919 - GEO H. JONES, USA ,1T (aft), (10½)
6,689 Grt for Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, New York, 429.3 x 59.2
Tanker buld by The Sun SB. Co., Chester, Pa., (9), #14, 218629
1927 - Standard Shipping Co., Inc., Wilmington, Del.
1935 - Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, Wilmington, Del.
1940 - Panama Transport Co., Panama, PA
1941 - s/o, London (managed by Anglo-American Oil Co., Ltd.), BR, 168219
Torpedoed and sunk by U 455, 11 June 1942, in 45.40 N - 22.40 W,
voyage Aruba - Ardrossan, fuel oil.
The Miramar Ship Index for "GEO H. JONES"
Torpedoed and sunk 45.40 N /22.40 W on 11.06.42 (2 dead) [ Voyage Aruba-Ardrossan, fuel oil ]
Additional information from Uboat.net :
Name: Geo H. Jones
Type: Steam tanker
Tonnage: 6.914 tons
Completed: 1919 - Sun Shipbuilding Co, Chester PA
Owner: Panama Transport Co (Anglo-American Oil Co), London
Date of attack: 11 Jun, 1942
Fate: Sunk by U-455 (Hans-Heinrich Giessler)
Position: 45.40N, 22.40W - Grid BE 7217
- See location on a map -
Complement: 42 (2 dead and 40 survivors).
Convoy: SL-111 (straggler)
Route: Aruba - Freetown (24 May) - Lamlash - Ardrossan
Cargo: 9300 tons of fuel oil
History: Built as American Geo H. Jones for Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York.
1941 transferred to Panama Transport Co (Anglo-American Oil Co), London and registered in Britain.
Notes on loss:
At 05.26 hours on 11 Jun, 1942, the Geo H. Jones (Master Frederick James Hewlett), a straggler from convoy SL-111,
was torpedoed and sunk by U-455 north-northeast of the Azores. The master and 19 survivors were picked up by the
British sloop HMS Lulworth (Y 60) (LtCdr C. Gwinner) and landed at Freetown. 20 others were picked up by the
British minesweeper HMS Orissa (J 200) (Lt D. Whyte) and landed at Londonderry. Among the survivors were
two passengers. One crew member and one gunner were lost.