S.S. W.L. Steed
S.S. R.P. Resor
   

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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. W.L. Steed

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" Special Thanks go 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

Progress
Thursday,
May 5, 2022

         The steam tanker " S.S. W. L. Steed " was built in 1918 by the " Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation ", 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 " 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 " Steed " whose home port became " Wilmington, Delaware ".

         On February 2, 1942 the unescorted and 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.   The German Submarine surfaced and due to the damage done on the ship by the torpedo nine officers and 29 crewmen abandoned ship in four lifeboats.   The German Submarine 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 ".


         " German Submarine U-103 " damaged " 3 " ships ( 28,158 tons ) and also sank " 45 " ships ( 237,596 tons ) during World War II.   German U-Boat U-103 was decommissioned on March 13, 1944 at Memel and later used as training hulk at Gotenhafen.   In January 1945 it was transferred to Hamburg-Finkenwerder and used as power generating plant.   It was then transferred to Kiel in April 1945 and scuttled on May 3, 1945 at Kiel and the wreckage broken up.

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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.


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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. 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 ]

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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 "

  Andrade,  Oliveira

          MM **  ~  Off Delaware  ~  n/a

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Arroyo,  Jose Celso

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 "

  Bone,  Ralph Adams

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ 

          " Family Link Included "

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

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

  Bornheimer,  Ernest George

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ 

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Boyhan,  John Francis

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

          " Family Link Included "

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bryant,  Waldo Ewing

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Burkholder,  Raymond Ralph

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

          " Family Link Included "

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Burrell,  William Richard

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~   

          " Family Link Included "

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

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

  Carlo,  John

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Chandler,  Arthur Lloyd

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

          " Family Link Included "

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Choate,  Edison Eddie

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Christiansen,  Walter Marvin

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Elder,  Robert

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Erdos,  James

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

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

  Ezell,  Cecil Albert

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 "

  Field,  David Alfred

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 "

  Grant,  James Douglas

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ 

          " Family Link Included "

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

February 2, 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 "

  Hawkins,  Ernest Nelson

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 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 "

  Kyle,  Robert Taylor

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 "

  Levet,  Jack

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 "

  Maihiot,  Elmer Edmund, Jr.

          MM ** ~ Halifax, Nova Scotia  ~  

          " Family Link Included "

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

February 15, 1942
New Town Cemetery
Rollinsford, NH
( Buried At Sea )
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McAvenia,  Harold Gerard

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 "

  Nilsson,  Einar Arnulf

          MM ** ~ Halifax, Nova Scotia ~ n/a

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

February 10, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Santosuosso,  Joseph

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Shelton,  Ezra Wilford

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

          " Family Link Included "

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Siltz,  Francis Ervin

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

                     The
     " S.S. Francis E. Siltz "

      was named in his honor !

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Smith,  Leonard

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 "

  Tootle,  Walter Earl

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ 

          " Family Link Included "

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Tulane,  Walter Boston

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ 

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

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

  Volkert,  Earl Ray

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 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 "

  Wagner,  Francis Joseph

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

          " Family Link Included "

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wahter,  Constantine

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 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 "

  Zenos,  George Genitsoriotis

          MM ** ~ Off Delaware ~ n/a

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

February 2, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )