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SS Connecticut
History
United States
Name: SS Connecticut
Namesake: Connecticut
Owner: Texaco
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. Ltd. - Bethlehem Steel
Yard number: 4327
Launched: 1938
Identification: 237981 - WNZB
Fate: Sank after attack on April 22, 1942
General characteristics
Tonnage: 8,684 grt
Length: 149.5 m
Beam: 19.9 m
Draught: 10.4 m
Installed power: 880 n.h.p.
Propulsion: 2 x Steam turbines DR geared to 1 screw shaft, one propeller
Speed: 13 knots
Complement: 53 Merchant and US Navy armed guard
Armament: Deck guns

SS Connecticut was a 8684 ton tanker ship built in 1938 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation and used for a World War II. She operated her under the United States Merchant Marine act for the War Shipping Administration, with United States Navy Armed Guards to man her deck guns. On December 28, 1941, the Connecticut was torpedoed near Cape Disappointment in the Pacific Ocean by I-25 of the  Imperial Japanese Navy. To stop from sinking the Connecticut ran aground and was later salvaged. The attack took place 10 nautical miles off the mouth of the Columbia River near Oregon. The Japanese attack on the Connecticut was under the command of Lieutenant Commander Meiji Tagami.

The Connecticut was later sunk on April 22, 1942 in the middle of the South Atlantic, while in route from Port Arthur, Texas, to Capetown, South Africa. German torpedo boat Esau (LS-4) from auxiliary cruiser SS Michel torpedoed the Connecticut at 2:10am. The first torpedo started a fire to her cargo of 84,299 barrels of gasoline and heating oil. The radio operator was able send out a SOS call before the second torpedo hit and blew the ship apart. The attack killed 35 men and one more died aboard the merchant raider Michel. All 11 of the Navy Armed Guards were killed. Only 18 survived, they were turned over to Japan at Yokohama. Two of the Prisoner of wars died under the barbaric conditions as POW's of the Japanese. Connecticut rest at 22.58 S - 16.05 W. After the war 16 of her POW made it back home. [1] [2][3][4]

The merchant raider Michel was torpedoed and sunk by the US submarine USS Tarpon on October 17, 1943, near Tokyo Bay all 263 men went down with the ship.[5]

Coordinates: 22°58′S 16°05′W / 22.967°S 16.083°W / -22.967; -16.083

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