S.S. Caribsea

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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
All lettering shown in " BLUE " on this website are links

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S.S. Caribsea
( Photo courtesy of The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia )

S.S. Caribsea

" Special Thanks to " TWO " Remarkable Websites " :

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

~    AND    ~

American Merchant Marine

" uboat.net "

Please visit these great websites for more by
clicking above !

 
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WW II

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Progress
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Thursday,
May 5, 2022

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         The steam tanker, which was to become the " S.S. Caribsea ", was completed in November, 1919 by the McDougall-Duluth Shipbuilding Company, Duluth, Minnesota for the for U.S. Shipping Board and was first named the " Lake Flattery ".   In 1923 it was renamed the " Buenaventura " when it was purchased by the Panama Rail Road Company, Inc., of New York.    In 1940 it was purchaed by the Stockard Steamship Company, New York and renamed the " S.S. Caribsea ".

         On March 11, 1942 the unescorted and unarmed " Caribsea " was enroute from Santiago de Cuba with a planned stop over in Norfolk, Virginia and it's final destimation being Baltimore, Maryland with a cargo of 3600 tons of manganese ore.   They were hit by a torpedo fired by " German Submarine U-158 " approximatley 11 miles east of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, North Carolina.

         The torpedo struck on the starboard side at the #2 hold.   The ship rapidly settled by the head due to her cargo, was shaken by a boiler explosion and sank in less than three minutes in shallow waters with her masts still visible.   She sank so fast that no distress signals could be sent and the crew of eight officers and 20 men had no chance to launch the lifeboats.   " 21 " of the crew perished with only " 7 " survivors.

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The ship Master/Captain of the S.S. Caribsea was:

Nicholas Manolis

who was 1 of the 7 survivors in this sinking !

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The " 6 " other survivors from the sinking were:

  • Hector Arando  ~  Fireman/Watertender ~ Chile
  • Elton Beattie Hewett  ~  Third Engineer
  • Nickolas Ray  ~  Able-Bodied Seaman
  • Juan F. Rivera  ~  Oiler
  • Louis Salata  ~  Ordinary Seaman
  • Gerald Albert Thibodeau  ~  Ordinary Seaman

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     The following below list was created in the memory of those who " GAVE THEIR ALL " on the " S.S. Caribsea ".   There are personal " Online Memorials " for each of these honored men that were created for them by using the " Find A Grave " website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see a personal memorial that has been created for them by myself or someone else.


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MM     =  Awarded the " Mariner's Medal "
               ( Awarded for being wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

MM *   =  Awarded the " Combat Bar ( Ribbon ) "
               ( Awarded to those who served under combat conditions )

MM **  =  Awarded the " Combat Star "
                ( Awarded to those who are forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )

PMM   =  Awarded the " Mariner's Prisoner of War Medal "
               ( Awarded to Mariner's held as prisoners of war during World War II )


PH      =  Awarded the " Purple Heart "
               ( Awarded to soldiers & sailors for being Wounded and/or Killed in action )

Other Medals  =  Such as Good Conduct Medals, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

  =  Picture of person shown on online memorial.

  =  Picture of tombstone shown on online memorial.

An " n/a " in the " Photo, Awards, or Notes Area " means that they are not available for that Mariner, Soldier or Sailor .....

Cenotaph  =  A memorial stone only  ~  " OR "  ~  Remains not recovered  ~  " OR "  ~  Interred somewhere unknown.

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for the " S.S. Caribsea "

( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " had no crew members on this ship )

A ] - B ] - C ] - D ] - E ] - F ] - G ] - H ] - I ] - J ] - K ] - L ]

M ] - N ] - O ] - P ] - Q ] - R ] - S ] - T ] - U ] - V ] - W ] - X ] - Y ] - Z ]

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Adorno,  Isidore

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Puerto Rico
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Arquero,  Mariano

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Baggs,  William Henry

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bryson,  James Vincent

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " C "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " D "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Erlandson,  Karl Birger

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Chief Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Flynn,  Thomas James

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Gaskill,  James Baughm

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

            " Family Link Included "

Third Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
Fulcher-Gaskill
Cemetery
Ocracoke, NC
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Gilmore,  Raymond C.

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

            " Family Link Included "

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Indiana
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
Lower Indiana
Church Cemetery
Knox County, IN
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Goldstein,  Clifford

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Gonzalez,  Jose

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Halpern,  Saul

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hardy,  Thomas Hollis

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maine
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hunt,  John Joseph

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Michigan
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " I "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " J "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " K "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Larsen,  Adolph Lauritz

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Virginia
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Lehay,  Joseph Clyde

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Alabama
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Martinez,  Antonio

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Puerto Rico
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mason,  Charles Golden

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
California
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " N "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " O "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " P "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " Q "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " R "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Sanchez,  Jose

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Spence,  Hugh Alva

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Tewarie,  Kenneth D.

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Galleyman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
British Guiana
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " U "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Varner,  Marshall LeRoy

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Second
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Virginia
" Missing In Action "

March 11, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " W "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " X "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " Y "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " Z "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )