City of Rayville


Tampa was a general cargo steamer built by Oscar Daniels & Company in Tampa, and was launched in 1920. She was converted to a diesel seven years later and renamed City of Rayville. She has the doubtful honor of being the first American ship sunk by a mine in World War Two. Under a journey from Port Pirie to New York loaded with lead and copper, she hit a mine laid out by the German auxiliary cruiser Passat in Bass Strait 8. November 1940 and sank. The sinking of City of Rayville is historically significant as its one of the first Allied ships to be lost in Australian waters in World War Two along with the loss of the steamer Cambridge and HMAS Goorangai.The wreck was found in the late 1990's and rest today on a depth of 70 to 82 meter south of Cape Otway.

Former names:
City of Rayville

401,1 x 54,2 x 31,3 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5910 grt
Tampa ( US ) 1920
New York ( US )

38°58'48.0"S 143°30'36.0"E

Last updated: December 2020