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Cherry Valley
"Cherry Valley" before her launch.
Launch of the "Cherry Valley".
"Cherry Valley" after her launch.

History :
Built by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania.
Yardnumber 249. UMSC No. 332. Official nr. 242531.
Keel laid 14-07-1942. Launched 11-11-1942. Completed 27-11-1942. Gr. 10195 t., Net. 6310 t., Dw. 16785 t. L.o.a. 159,57 m., Br. 20,78 m., Dr. 9,23 m. Engine: 2 steam turbines, manufactured by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh. 7240 B.h.p., 5401 kW. Speed 15 knots. 26 Tanks.
CHERRY VALLEY-1942 completed for United States War Shipping Administration, Philadelphia, USA.
CHERRY VALLEY-1945 for Keystone Tankship Corp., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
CHERRY VALLEY-1970 for Chas. Kurz & Company Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
Additional Reports:
Reported Monmouth sold to shipbreakers in Taiwan. Arrived Kaohsiung 29 Nov. 1971 to be broken up. [ By Keun Hwa Steel & Iron Co., Ltd. ]

The attack on the Cherry Valley (Date: 7-22-43)
Time of Attack: 0322
Year Built: 1942
Position: 25.10 N / 68.35 W
Gross Tonnage: 10,172
Owner: Kaymar Tankers Inc.,
Draft When Attacked: 18 ft. 6 in.
Operator: WSA
Cargo: 6,000 tons water ballast
165 tons Army cargo
Master: Iohn H. Rose
Propulsion: steam
Armament: 1 5"; 1 3"; 8 20 mm
Speed When Attacked: 15.5
On 19 July, the Cherry Valley sailed on independent routing from New York to Aruba, NWI. The ship constantly steered a zigzagging course during the trip. The U-66 (Markworth) fired two torpedoes that struck the starboard side in the #6 and #7 tanks. The explosions ripped open the #5, #6, #7, and #8 starboard and center tanks. The engines and steering gear escaped serious damage, so the ship reduced speed to thirteen knots and tried to escape. The U-66 fired another spread of three torpedoes that all missed. The U-66 then surfaced to stop the vessel with its deck guns. The tankerís gun crew began firing the three-inch, five-inch, and smaller guns at the U-66.
The master adjusted the tankerís trim by emptying the #1 starboard tank of ballast. The vessel successfully escaped the U-boat and arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico, under her own power, escorted into harbor by the Dutch corvette Jan Van Brakel. None of the complement of eleven officers, forty men, and twenty-eight armed guards were killed or injured in the attack.

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