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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"
IDNo:
2212912
Year:
1913
Name:
MEPPEN
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
Flag:
DEU
Date of completion:
11.1913

Ton:
4045
Link:
-
DWT:
Yard No:
330
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
108.1
Country of build:
DEU
Beam:
15.2
Builder:
Seebeck
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Geestemunde
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1T-10

Subsequent History:
1914 MORENI

Disposal Data:
Shelled and sunk by U 64, 12 June 1917, 17 miles SW of Tabarca Island,
Spain, voyage Baton Rouge - Livorno, benzine.

History :
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Main Owner
2212912
1913
MEPPEN
4045
Deutsch-Am.Petroleum
212912
2212912
1913
MORENI
4045
1914
Standard Oil Co NJ.

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 :

Date
U-boat
Loss type
Position
Location
Route
Cargo
Casualties
12 Jun 1917
U 64 (Robert Moraht)
Sunk
Sunk by gunfire 17 miles SE of Isla Plana (Tabarca Island)
37.52 N, 00.14 E
Baton Rouge - Livorno
benzine
4

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