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  SS Stanvac Manila

10,169 Tons

Ship History
Registered as SS Stanvac Manila in Panama operating as a tanker.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, operated as a transport for the U. S. Navy (USN). In May 1943, six PT-Boats in cradles were loaded onto the deck as cargo: PT-167 and PT-172 (forward of the bridge, facing forward) plus PT-173 and PT-171 (aft of the bridge facing forward) and PT-174 and PT-164 (aft, facing forward) and traveled via the Panama Canal across the Pacific Ocean bound for Nouméa on New Caledonia.

Sinking History
On May 24, 1943 at 4:07am hit in the port quarter by a torpedo fired by Japanese Submarine I-17 roughly 100 miles south of Nouméa. The torpedo hit the engine and fire room, disabling all power and communications. Aboard, one crew member was killed. On deck, PT-174, PT-171, PT-172, and PT-167 were freed from their cradles and were able to clear the damaged vessel before it sank corkscrewing as the bow heaved upwards and sank at 12:05pm. Still attached to the deck, PT-165 and PT-173 went down with the sinking ship.

Afterwards, PT-174, PT-171 and PT-167 were towed by a destroyer to Nouméa Harbor. PT-172 made the same trip under its own power.

At 1:00pm, USS Preble (DD-345) reached the sinking location to rescue the surviving crew and towed the PT-167, PT-171 and PT-174 to Nouméa Harbor. PT-172 made the same trip under its own power.

At Close Quarters page 112-113

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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