S.S. W.L. Steed

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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
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S.S. W.L. Steed

S.S. W.L. Steed

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Page last updated:

October 2, 2019

Sinking on February 2, 1942 the " S.S. W.L. Steed " lost " 34 " men !

     The steam tanker " S.S. W.L. Steed " was built in 1918 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Massachusetts for the Pan American Petroleum and Transport Company.   The ship was named after William L. Steed, superintendent of the Mexican Petroleum Company of California.   The " S.S. W.L. Steed " was used briefly during World War I.

     In 1932 the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, New York became a major stock holder of Pan American Petrolum and became the new owners of the " S.S. W.L. Steed " whose home port became Wilmington, Delaware.

     On February 2, 1942 the unescorted & unarmed " S.S. W.L. Steed " was enroute from Cartagena, Columbia to New York City with a cargo of 65.936 barrels of crude oil.   They were hit by a stern torpedo fired by German Submarine U-103 approximatley 90 miles off the mouth of the Delaware River.   The torpedo struck the #3 tank and set the ship on fire, which was soon extinguished by breaking seas.   U-103 surfaced and due to the damage done on the ship by the torpedo nine officers and 29 crewmen abandoned ship in four lifeboats.   U-103 then began shelling the tanker with 83 rounds from the deck gun and set her on fire again with 17 hits.   The tanker soon settled by the bow, capsized and sank in about 10 minutes.   The " S.S. W.L. Steed " lost " 34 " of her crew with only 4 survivors.

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The ship Master/Captain of the S.S. W.L. Steed was:

Harold Gerard McAvenia

who was lost in this sinking !

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The " 4 " survivors were:

Joaquin Rama Brea  ~  Bosun ~ New York City, NY
Louis Hartz  ~  Able-Bodied Seaman ~ Philadelphia, PA
Ralph Fred Mazzucco  ~  Able-Bodied Seaman ~ Houston, TX
Sydney Wayland  ~  Second Mate ~ Winthrop, MA

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     The following below list was created in the memory of those who "Gave Their All" on the S.S. W.L. Steed.   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. W.L. Steed "

( 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 "

  Andrade,  Oliveira
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Arroyo,  Jose C.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Puerto Rico
Missing In Action

February 2, 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 "

  Bone,  Ralph A.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ 

Fireman/
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Georgia
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Sharon Baptist
Church Cemetery
Loganville, GA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bornheimer,  Ernest G.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Boyhan,  John F.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Virginia
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bryant,  Waldo E.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Burkholder,  Raymond R.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Burrell,  William R.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ 

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ohio
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Grandview Union
Cemetery
Strasburg, OH
" 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 "

  Carlo,  John
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Fireman/
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Chandler,  Arthur L.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Choate,  Edison E.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Christiansen,  Walter M.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

                         The
     " S.S. Walter M. Christiansen "
         was named in his honor !

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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 "

  Elder,  Robert
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Storekeeper
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Erdos,  James
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ohio
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Calvary
Cemetery
Massillon, OH
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Ezell,  Cecil A.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Florida
Missing In Action

February 2, 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 "

  Field,  David A.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

February 2, 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 "

  Grant,  James D.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Machinist
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

February 2, 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 "

  Hawkins,  Ernest N.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Florida
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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

Last Names starting with " J " ~ " 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 "

  Kyle,  Robert T.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 "

  Levet,  Jack
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

February 2, 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 "

  Maihiot,  Elmer E.
          MM ** ~ Halifax, Nova Scotia ~ n/a

Second
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Died Of Exposure

February 15, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McAvenia,  Harold G.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Master /
Captain
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

February 2, 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 "

  Nilsson,  Einar A.
          MM ** ~ Halifax, Nova Scotia ~ n/a

Chief
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New York
Died Of Exposure

February 10, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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 "

  Santosuosso,  Joseph
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Shelton,  Ezra W.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Siltz,  Francis E.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

                     The
     " S.S. Francis E. Siltz "
    was named in his honor !

Radio
Operator
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Oregon
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Smith,  Leonard
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
" unknown "
Missing In Action

February 2, 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 "

  Tootle,  Walter E.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ 

Fireman/
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Shiloh UM
Church Cemetery
Reidsville, GA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Torres,  Laureano
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Tulane,  Walter B.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ 

Pumpman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Pine Crest
Cemetery
Mobile, AL
" 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 "

  Volkert,  Earl R.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Missouri
Missing In Action

February 2, 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 "

  Wagner,  Francis J.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wahter,  Constantine
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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

Last Names starting with " Y " ~ " 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 "

  Zenos,  George G.
          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

Storekeeper
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

February 2, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )