S.S. Caribsea

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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
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S.S. Caribsea

S.S. Caribsea

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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 for the below individual records

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

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

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

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

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

( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

" Special Thanks " go to the " Remarkable Website " :

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

Please visit this great site for more by clicking above !

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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 ]

  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 H.
            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 V.
            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 B.
            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 J.
            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 B.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

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 ~ 

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 H.
            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 J.
            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 L.
            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 C.
            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 G.
            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 A.
            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 L.
            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 )