SS Alaskan: Merchant freighter [encounter with U-172]

8th August 2012, 22:07
In a heavy rain on November 28, 1942 the Alaskan was unescorted, zig-zagging and en route from Capetown to Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana and then on to New York with a cargo of chrome ore. Her master was Earl E. Greenlaw, and she carried a crew of 42 with an additional 16 U.S. Navy Armed Guard.

U-172 was not satisfied with just a torpedo...she surfaced and pumped about 60 shells into the ole girl as she was floundering do to her damage

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