SS Santa Elisa Jesse Russell

ISBN: 9785512452127

Published: September 6th 2012


92 pages


SS Santa Elisa  by  Jesse Russell

SS Santa Elisa by Jesse Russell
September 6th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 92 pages | ISBN: 9785512452127 | 4.22 Mb

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! SS Santa Elisa was a refrigerated cargo ship built for the United States Maritime Commission by Federal Shipbuilding of Kearny, New Jersey in 1941. Operated by the Grace Line, Santa Elisa was a member of Convoy WS 21S from Newport, England, for Malta as a part of Operation Pedestal.

After she straggled from the convoy, she was attacked and torpedoed by the Italian motor boats MAS 557 and 564 25 nautical miles (46 km) southeast of Cape Bon, Tunisia on on the night of 12/13 August 1942. MAS 557 strafed the vessel with her .51 Breda machine gun, killing four British army gunners, while the second motorboat launched a 450 mm torpedo that struck Santa Elisa on the starboard side near the No. 1 cargo hatch at about 05:17. The ships cargo of aviation gasoline burst into flames. Santa Elisa eventually sank at approximately 07:17 on 13 August near position 36 20 N 11 28 E / 36.333 N 11.467 E / 36.333- 11.467Coordinates: 36 20 N 11 28 E / 36.333 N 11.467 E / 36.333- 11.467, and 28 survivors, including Francis A.

Dales who was awarded the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal for his involvement in the convoy, were rescued by HMS Penn and landed at Malta.

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