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Stanvac Manila (I) - (1941-1943)
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The T2-tanker on this photo, is probably the "Stanvac Manila". Torpedoed and lost in Pacific 1943
( Photos thanks to Frits Cleveringa )
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A not so very sharp photo of the "Stanvac Manilla".
( Photo thanks to Duncan Montgomery )

SS STANVAC MANILA
Home Port: Panama, R.P.
Company: Socony Vacuum Oil Co.
Master: Gustav Benton
Built: Quincy, MA 1941
Gross Tons: 10,138
Dimensions: 501' x 68' x 37'
Capacity: 134,000 barrels

The Panamanian flag tanker, SS STANVAC MANILA, was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine 1-17 (Hakue Harada) at 0410 ship's time on May 23, 1943 in position 23-44 S./166-30 E. (about 75 miles from Noumea) while en route from New York to Noumea, New Caledonia with a full load of Navy fuel, 150 tons of machinery for the Navy, and 6 Motor Torpedo boats on deck. She left New York on April 2nd and Balboa, C.Z. on May 3rd.

On board was a complement of 165 men consisting of 50 merchant crew, 27 U.S. Naval Armed Guard, and 88 U.S. Navy personnel of different ratings who were crew members of the 6 PT boats on deck. Eight (8) of the merchant crew, 3 of the Navy gunners, and one crew member of the PT Squadron were lost. Eleven crew members were hospitalized at Noumea.

The torpedo struck the ship at 0410 on the port side in the engine room and crew quarters, destroying the engine room and crew quarters directly above. The vessel carried its way for another 3 miles before stopping.
Three boats and 2 rafts were launched. The 6 PT boats floated free as the ship settled. Two of them were so badly damaged they had to be sunk by Navy personnel. One lifeboat, with 20-25 men in it, was overturned on top of these men when a huge wave hit the boat while it was alongside the ship. All of these men were forced to swim away from the ship as it setfied. They were picked up by the PT boats. Later in the day the Mine Layer USS PREBLE (DM 20) came on the scene and towed all 4 PT boats into Noumea.

The 1-17 (Harada) was sunk August 19, 1943 by the New Zealand Armed Trawler TU1 and U.S. Navy Squadron VS-57 in position 23-26 S./16-50 E. or about 40 miles SE of Noumea Bay. Six survivors were taken prisoner.

U.S. MERCHANT SEAMAN LOST
TILLEY, Leroy Jr.            - 3rd Engr

FILIPINO SEAMEN LOST
ARMASO, Victor           - O.S.
MASA, Catalino             - Fireman
CACITOIT, Apalonio      - Fireman
SALLADER, Gervasio  - Ch. Cook
de VEGA, EIpidio M.     - 2nd Cook
PALASPAS, Nicolas     - Messman
FLORES, Santiago       - Galleyman

Ship Report for "STANVAC MANILA"
IDNo:
5614173
Year:
1941
Name:
STANVAC MANILA
Launch Date:
26.06.1941
Type:
Tanker
Date of completion:
08.1941
Flag:
PAN
Keel:

DWT:
Yard No:
1487
Length overall:
Ship Design:
LPP:
148.8
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.8
Builder:
Bethlehem
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Quincy
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1ST-

Owner as Completed:
Petroleum Sg Co Ltd, Panama

Subsequent History:
-

Disposal Data:
Torpedoed & sunk 23.45 S / 166.30 E 23.05.1943 ( 11dead )

ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Name change
Main Owner
5614173
1941
STANVAC MANILA
10169
Petroleum Sg Co.

Vessel Name:
STANVAC MANILA
Vessel ID:
500116306
Vessel Type:
Steamship
Tonnage:
10,296 gross
Engine:
Steamship
Abstract:
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