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S.S. Birmingham City


 
Gross Tonnage:6,194Net:3,844
Dimensions:395' 5" x 55' 0" x 31' 4"MC Type:1037
 
Builder:Chickasaw Shipbuilding & Car Co.
Chickasaw, AL
Hull #
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
Delivered:
2

1920
6/20
Engines:3SB(Spt), 9cf, GS180, HS8919 FDEngine Builder:Hooven, Owens Rentschler Co.
Hamilton, Ontario
Navigation:GyCDecks, etc.:1 Deck(Stl) & Shelter Deck(Stl), Web Frames & Longitudinal Framing, Fitted for Oil Fuel

Began Isthmian Service:1920Ended Isthmian Service:1943

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1920
220160
Birmingham CityU.S. Steel Products Co.
New York
LWRC
New YorkUS
1930
220160
Birmingham CityAugust: Isthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
LWRC
New YorkUS
1933
220160
Birmingham CityIsthmian Lines, Inc.
New York
KUTT
New YorkUS

Events:
2/14/20: Launched.

Disposition DateComments
19431/8 - The vessel sailed from Trinidad, BWI to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with 10,000 tons general cargo, Michael Francis Barry Master, serving as the Commodore's flagship in Convoy TB-1. While steaming 6 knots, position 07.12 N, 55.37 W, about 50 miles North of Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana, a torpedo struck the American tanker BROAD ARROW off the BIRMINGHAM CITY's port beam, with the resulting fire lighting up the entire convoy of 12 vessels and 4 escorts. Just a minute later at 11:41 PM, a torpedo fired from U-124 (Mohr) struck the vessel on the port side amidships at the #3 hold. The explosion blew the port lifeboats off the ship, destroyed the fireroom bulkhead, causing the ship to sink on an even keel in 3 minutes. The surviving 9 officers, 29 crewmen and 18 armed guards immediately abandoned ship. The #1 motor lifeboat capsized on launching, tossing the men into the water, drowning several. Survivors also left the ship in the #3 boat, while others jumped and swam to several rafts. The men righted #1 and emptied the rafts. The USS PC-577 rescued the survivors 10 hours after the attack. Three officers, 2 crewmen and 5 armed guards died, most from drowning. The survivors landed at Paramaribo, Surinam.








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