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S.S. Selma City


 
Gross Tonnage:5,686Net:3,450
Dimensions:424' 2" x 56' 2" x 26' 5"MC Type:
 
Builder:Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
Hull #
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
Delivered:
9

1921
Engines:2 Steam Turbines DR Geared to Single Screwed ShaftEngine Builder:Federal Shipbuilding Co.
Kearny, NJ
Navigation:GyCDecks, etc.:2 Decks 3tr B, Fitted for Oil Fuel

Began Isthmian Service:1921Ended Isthmian Service:1942

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1921
221193
Selma CityU.S. Steel Products Co.
New York
MCRF
New YorkUS
1930
221193
Selma CityOctober: Isthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
MCRF
New YorkUS
1933
221193
Selma CityIsthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
KDRJ
New YorkUS

Events:


Disposition DateComments
19424/6 - Japanese bombers attacked the vessel at 6:45 AM in the Bay of Bengal, position 17.40 N, 83.20 E, off Vizagapptam, India, on a voyage from Colombia to Calcutta via Vizagapatam, steaming at 10 knots with 311 tons general and 150 tons case oil and lube oil cargo, John Michael Griffin Master. About 25 miles off Vizagapatam, a single-engined amphibian Japanese plane approached and released 2 bombs, one missing to starboard the other hitting near the engine room uptake, piercing the deck and exploding over the engine room storeroom. Fire broke out and spread rapidly as the engine room slowly flooded. The plane made a second low-level pass and dropped a bomb that damaged the boiler room and other equipment. The crew of 8 officers and 21 crewmen fought the fire with a bucket brigade. At 11:30 AM the Master ordered the ship abandoned. As the men climbed into the 4 boats, 2 Japanese planes began circling the ship. One plane dropped 2 bombs, 1 hitting the wheelhouse, the other striking forward.The second plane dropped 4 bombs, all missing. Machine gun fire in the general direction of the loaded lifeboats signaled the survivors to leave. The motor lifeboat towed the 3 others the 20 miles to Vizagaptam where they landed at 6:50 PM. All hands survived, 2 reporting slight injuries from bomb fragments. When the crew left the vessel, she was ablaze and sinking, eventually sinking the following day, 4/7 at 10:45 PM.



















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