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

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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

Page last updated:

October 17, 2019

Sinking on March 11, 1942

the " S.S. Caribsea "

lost " 21 " men !

     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 US 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 & unarmed " S.S. 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.

Key to Abbreviations and Notes

MM     =  Awarded the " Mariner's Medal " !
                   ( Awarded to the Merchant Mariner's for being Wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

MM *  =  Awarded the " Combat Bar / Ribbon " !
                  ( Awarded to Mariner's who have been under combat conditions )

MM **  =  Awarded the " Combat Star " ( attached to the Combat Bar )
                   ( Awarded to Mariner's who are forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )

MM-DSM  =  Awarded the Mariner's " Distinguished Service Medal " !
                         ( Awarded for " Heroism Beyond the Call of Duty " )

MM-POW  =  Awarded the Mariner's " Prisoner Of War Medal " !
                         ( Awarded to Mariner's who served time as a POW " )

PH  =  Awarded the " Purple Heart " !
              ( Awarded to U.S. Military Soldiers & Sailors for being Wounded and/or Killed in action )

Other Medals
              Such as Good Conduct Medals, Campaign Medals, Defense Service Medals, etc.,
              " Are Not " included in this listing.

  =  Picture of person shown on online memorial

  =  Picture of tombstone shown on online memorial

" Family Link Included " = Parent, Spouse, or Child linked in " Online Memorial ".

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

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( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

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
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

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

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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

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

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )