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Moreni - (1914-1917)
See also : AMERICAN SHIP SUNK IN BATTLE
The American tanker "Moreni", seen outbound river Douro, Oporto, 1914, Loa 113m/Lpp 108,1m/4.045gt, completed 11/1913
as "Meppen" by Seebeck Werft, Geestemunde, for Deutsche Amerikanische, Petroleum Ges., Hamburg; 1914 Moreni, Standard
Oil Co., New York; 12/06/1917 attacked and sunken near Tabarca Island, near Santa Pola, Spain, Mediterranean Sea, after a
two hours hard battle, from which were fired 150 shots against 200 from U-64, while on passage Baton Rouge for Leghorn, 43
saved and 4 lost: German captain congratulated the Moreniís captain by his fight.
Case No. 555.
Steamship "Moreni" - oil tanker
The Steamship Moreni, owned and operated by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, an American
national, sailed from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 19, 1917, with a cargo of gasoline consigned to
the Italian-American Oil Company at Savona, Italy, to call at Gibraltar for orders. She was armed for
defensive purposes with two 4-inch guns, one fore and one aft, and manned with a civilian crew of 35
and a naval gun crew of 12. After calling at Gibraltar for orders she sailed from that port June 10, 1917,
and on the morning of June 12 was fired upon and finally sunk by a German submarine after a
running fight in which the Moreni endeavored to escape and in which 200 to 250 shots were fired by the
submarine and about 150 shots by the Moreni.
It is apparent that the Moreni was at the time of her destruction being privately operated for private profit
as a merchant vessel, and for the reasons heretofore given the Commission holds that she does not
fall within the excepted class.
Single The Miramar Ship Index for "MEPPEN"
Shelled and sunk by U 64, 12 June 1917, 17 miles SW of Tabarca Island,
Spain, voyage Baton Rouge - Livorno, benzine.
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
MEPPEN - 1913 GE, 1T (aft), (10)
4,045 GRT for Deutsch.-Amerik. Petroleum Ges., Hamburg, 354.6 x 50.0
Tanker built by G. Seebeck A.G., Bremerhaven, (11), #330
arr. at New York 9 Aug 1914, subsequently transferred to U.S. flag
1914 - MORENI, Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey), Bayonne, US, 212912
Shelled and sunk by U 64, 12 June 1917, 17 miles SW of Tabarca Island, Spain,
voyage Baton Rouge - Livorno, benzine
Additional Information from Uboat.net :
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