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See also : Launch & christening "Gettysburg / Esso Gettysburg"  &  AFTER SIXTEEN VOYAGES

See also : German Records off the Attack on the SS "Esso Gettysburg (1)"

T2-SE-A1
Built March 1942 by Sun Shipbuilding Company, Chester, Pennsylvania,
launched as "Gettysburg" # 316, for Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), Wilmington, Del.
Torpdedoed and sunk by U 66, on 10 June 1943, in 31.02 N - 79.17 W (about 100 miles SE of Savannah),
on a voyage Port Arthur - Philadelphia, crude oil. (57 dead).
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "GETTYSBURG / ESSO GETTYSBURG"
IDNo:
2241409
Year:
1942
Name:
ESSO GETTYSBURG
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
02.02.1942
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
03.1942

DWT:
16613
Yard No:
241
Length overall:
159.6
Ship Design:
T2-SE-A1
LPP:
153.3
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
20.7
Builder:
Sun
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Chester, Pa
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1TE-15

Subsequent History:
[ Launched as GETTYSBURG ]

Disposal Data:
Torpdedoed and sunk by U 66, on 10 June 1943, in 31.02 N - 79.17 W (about 100 miles SE of Savannah),
on a voyage Port Arthur - Philadelphia, crude oil. (57 dead).

History :
ON  
LR/IMO  
ID  
Year
Name  
Tons  
Name change  
Main Owner
241409
2241409
1942
GETTYSBURG
10173
U.S. Govt.
241409
2241409
1942
ESSO GETTYSBURG
10172
1942
Standard Oil Co (New Jersey)

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 Photos below, launch of the "Gettysburg", Hull 241, on 2 Februari 1942.
Single screw, turbo-electric, 6, 000 SHP, 16, 615 DWT.
First T-2 Tanker. Build by Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company.
Ship type Tanker T2
Launch & Christening of the "Gettysburg".
( All photos by A.V. Knott )

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( All photos above by A.V. Knott )
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"Gettysburg", build by Sun.
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"Esso Gettysburg", ex. "Gettysburg".
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"Esso Gettysburg"; Torpedoed  6/10/43. Tanker Crew 37, Armed Guard personel 20.

Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey; 1942; Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.; 10,173 tons; 503x68x39-3;
7,240s.h.p.; 14-6 knots; turbo-electric engines.
The tanker Esso Gettysburg, Capt. Peder A. Johnson, left Atreco, Texas, for Philadelphia on June 6th, 1943,
with a cargo of 119,726 barrels of crude oil. The vessel carried a mercantile crew of 45 officers and men and
one officer and 26 men of the U.S. navy as gun crews. On June 10th, at about 2 p.m., when 100 miles S.E. of
Savannah, Georgia, the tanker was struck on the port side by two torpedoes. She immediately burst into flames
and the men launching the lifeboats were compelled to abandon their task and jump overboard. The water
round about was soon ablaze with burning oil and a total of 15 survivors eventually succeeded in reaching a
half burned lifeboat in which they were adrift for 19 hours until picked up by the s.s. George Washington,
Capt. T.H. Park. All the officers of the Gettysburg were killed with the exception of Ensign John S. Arnold, U.S.N.,
in command of the gun crews, who kept up a hot fire on the submarine until driven from his post by the flames.
Later he was awarded the Navy Cross.
Ten of her crew were killed.
The "Esso Gettysburg" sunk on 10 June 1943.

Additional Information from Uboat.net :
Name
Esso Gettysburg
Type:
Motor tanker
Tonnage
10.173 tons
Completed
1942 - Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Chester PA
Owner
Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York
Homeport
Wilmington
Date of attack
10 Jun, 1943
Nationality: American
Fate
Sunk by U-66 (Friedrich Markworth)
Position
31.02N, 79.17W - Grid DC 10
- See location on a map -
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Complement
72 (57 dead and 15 survivors).
Convoy
Route
Port Arthur, Texas (6 Jun) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Cargo
120.120 barrels of crude oil
History
Launched as Gettysburg, completed as Esso Gettysburg
Notes on loss
At 20.00 hours on 10 Jun, 1943, the unescorted Esso Gettysburg (Master Peder A. Johnson, lost) was hit by two torpedoes from U-66 about 100 miles southeast of Savannah, Georgia, shortly after she re-ceived a U-boat warning, steaming on a zigzag course at 15.5 knots. One torpedo struck the port side between the #6 and #7 tanks, ripped up 25 feet of deck, blew oil 100 feet into the air and disabled the stee-ring gear. Seconds later the second struck on the port side at the engine room, causing an immediate fire as she began to settle by the stern and listed to port. Oil from the two tanks was spread into the water and was ignited by the second explosion. The flames spread 100 feet on both si-des, while smoke rose over 1000 feet in the air. The eight officers, 37 men and 27 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4 in, one 3 in and eight 20 mm guns) attempted to launch some lifeboats, but failed because of the intense flames. Only 15 men (seven armed guards, three officers and five crewmen) survived because they jumped overboard and swam away as fast as they could. The entirely submerg-ed tanker, except for a small part of the bow, was last seen about 03.00 hours on 12 June and eventually sank. The survivors found a badly burned lifeboat after swimming for three hours and extinguished the fire. All were picked up by the steam merchant George Washington the next day after they were sighted by Army patrol aircraft and landed in Charleston, South Carolina, the same day.
The armed guards ensign was awarded the Navy Cross.

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