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Patrick J. Hurley
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PATRICK J. HURLEY,  USA, 1ST (aft)
10,865 GRT for Sinclair Refining Co., Inc., Wilmington, Del.,  508.2 x 72.1
Tanker built by Federal SB. & DD. Co., Kearny, N.J., (11),  #191,   241156
Shelled and sunk by U 512, 12 Sep 1942, in 22.59 N - 46.15 W,
voyage Aruba - Avonmouth, gasoline & diesel oil.
( See photos below )
The Miramar Ship Index for "PATRICK J. HURLEY"
IDNo:
2241156
Year:
1941
Name:
PATRICK J. HURLEY
Keel:
Type:
Tanker
Launch Date:
21.10.1941
Flag:
USA
Date of completion:
11.1941

Tons:
10864
Link:
-
DWT:
16928
Yard No:
191
Length overall:
160.6
Ship Design:
LPP:
154.9
Country of build:
USA
Beam:
22.0
Builder:
Federal SB & DD Co.
Material of build:
Location of yard:
Kearny
Number of screws/Mchy/Speed(kn):
1ST-14.5

Subsequent History:
-

Disposal Data:
Shelled and sunk by U 512, 12 Sep 1942, in 22.59 N - 46.15 W,
voyage Aruba - Avonmouth, gasoline & diesel oil.

History:
ON
LR/IMO
ID
Year
Name
Tons
Change
Registered Owner
241156
-
2241156
1942
PATRICK J. HURLEY
10864
-
Sinclair Refining Co., Inc.

Christening of the "Patrick J. Hurley", by Ruth Noel Hurley.
Ruth Noel Hurley.
Launch ot the "Patrick J. Hurley".

Text with photos :
$ 3,000,000 TANKER LAUNCHED
Kearny, N.J.,  --  The 17,000 Ton tanker Patrick J. Hurley, one of the Largest and fastest ships of its kind ever built, slides down the ways of the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., yard at Kearny. The $ 3,000,000 ship built for the Sinclair Refining Co., was christened by Ruth Noel Hurley, 19-year old daughter of the former Secretary of War for whom the tanker was named. ( 10/21/1941 )
( Newspaper photo )

"Patrick J. Hurley".
( Photo courtesy of SSHSA Collection, University of Baltimore Library )

Additional Information from Uboat.net :

Name Patrick J. Hurley
Type: Steam tanker
Tonnage 10,865 tons
Completed 1941 - Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Kearny NJ
Owner Sinclair Refining Co, New York Wilmington
Date of attack 13 Sep 1942
Nationality: American
Fate Sunk by U-512 (Wolfgang Schultze)
Position 22° 59'N, 46° 15'W - Grid DQ 6417
Complement 62 (17 dead and 45 survivors).
Convoy Route Aruba (7 Sep) - Belfast - Avonmouth
Cargo 75.000 barrels of high octane gasoline and 60.000 barrels of diesel oil
History Completed in November 1941

Location on map :

Notes on event :
At 01.35 hours on 13 Sep 1942 the unescorted Patrick J. Hurley (Master Carl Stromgren) was attacked with all guns by U-512 about 950 miles northeast of Barbados just when a lookout spotted the U-boat about 150 yards off the starboard bow, running parallel to the ship. The U-boat had missed the tanker with a torpedo during daylight the day before and apparently had a long time to catch the tanker, which was running at 15 knots. The gunfire hit the midships cabins, destroyed the radio antenna, wrecked the lifeboats, destroyed the forward 3in gun (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in, two 50mm and two 20mm guns), damaged the engine room and holed the tanker at the waterline, starting a fire in the cargo. The tanker increased speed to about 17 knots and tried to escape by evasive maneuvres, while the armed guards fired six rounds from the stern gun and the 20mm guns, but to no avail. The U-boat fired about 30 shells, which turned the ship into a flaming inferno within ten minutes and caused her to sink shortly after dawn. The most of the ten officers, 34 crewmen and 18 armed guards on board abandoned ship in two lifeboats and two rafts when she was still under way and later redistributed into the two boats. The master, three officers, nine crewmen and four armed guards were lost.
18 crew members and four armed guards in one lifeboat were picked up seven days after the attack by the Etna in 23°21 N / 49°40 W and landed at New York on 2 October. 13 crew members and ten armed guards in the other lifeboat were picked up on 4 October by the British steam merchant Loch Dee and landed seven days later at Charleston, South Carolina.

Survivors of the U.S. tanker "Patrick J. Hurley", no names given.