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Georgian

GEORGIAN(flag American. owners. American Hawaiian S.S.Co. built 1920 by Sun S.S.Co.Chester. grt 5826. Launched as CAJACET. sold and renamed WILLSOLO. sold on and named GEORGIAN. sold on 1946 and renamed NORLANDA. sold 1949 to Greek owners. sold 1955 to Dutch ship breakers at Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht.)

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Thanks for posting. My father in law, Captain Ross O'Laughlin, was chief mate on this vessel from July 19, 1942 to March 1, 1943. Later in the war he was promoted to captain on the SS Frank Springer, a Liberty ship. After the war he was a Red Stack Pilot and San Francisco Bar Pilot.
 

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Hello Wallace -
I was in Cape Howe on her maiden voyage and was in convoy HX 235 with Georgian..in April 1943.
As your father in law left her on 1st March 1943 it was a couple weeks later..
SN member Bernard McIver was in same convoy in Dutch tanker Clavella as a Radio Officer..
On 20th April a collision occurred between the Panamanian ship El Almirante and Liberty ship Elias Boudinot.. El Almirante later sank during a gale.
Maybe Bernard recalls this incident..
Best regards,
Stan
 

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Hello Stan:

My records show that Ross was later posted as chief mate on the SS Floridian from April 23, 1943 to July 12, 1943. This was followed by a posting as mate on the SS Phillip Livingston (Liberty) October 26, 1943 to June 26, 1944. This was followed by a posting as mate on the SS John Drake Sloat (Liberty) from August 8, 1944 to November 14, 1944. Subsequent to that, he was promoted to master on the SS Frank Springer (Liberty); all vessel's of American Hawaiian Steamship. He went to Red Stack Tugs in San Francisco after the war and sailed offshore on their tugs before being promoted to pilot in the bay and later became a San Francisco Bar Pilot.

My mother in law tells me that one of the hardest things for him was not stopping to help men in the water that had been torpedoed from the convoy. I'm sure you must have experienced this terrible event yourself.

My father sailed with United Fruit all through the war, but as he died when I was very young, I was never able to really discuss his experiences with him. I believe he might have been sunk very early in the war from what I've been told, but I'm not sure. Most of the vessels he sailed on were of foreign registry (Honduran, Panamanian), and I'm not sure if records are available.

Thanks for your posting, and I'll forward it on to my mother in law who is 91.
 

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Hello Wallace & Stan,

Thank you Stan for bringing this posting to my attention. I had no knowledge of the incident between El Almirante & Elias Boudinto which I suppose is not surprising as we were 6 columns apart, and information of this nature was not relayed to other ships in the convoy. However I do vividly remember that Clavella came close to a similar fate when a neighbouring ship was slow to react to a change of course during a ZigZag and just cleared our stern. I was in my cabin just below the bridge and was alerted by the activity and sudden change of direction. A close call never to be forgotten.

Kind Regards,
Bernard
 

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