USS Susan B Anthony ( AP-72 )


Santa Clara was laid down at New York Shipbuilding Co Ltd in Camden i 1929 and launched the following year for the company Grace Lines. In February 1942 she was chartered by US Navy and modified as a troop transport ship. She was used in the Pacific and under Operation Torch in the Mediterranean in 1942, and under the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943. In the morning 7.June 1944, the day after the Allied invasion of France, she was on her way to Utah Beach with over 2000 soldiers from the US 90th Infantry Division. North of Port-en-Bessin she hit a mine, and lost all engine power and sank two hours later. The wreck rest today 6,5 nautical miles north of Port-en-Bessin on a depth of 25 to 30 meter.

Former names:
USS Susan B Anthony
Santa Clara, AP-72
483,3 x 63,9 x 25,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
8220 grt
Camden ( US ) 1930
New York ( US )

49° 29' 24" N  0° 42' 47,9988" W
( Source: Matthew Anderson )

Picture: USS Susan B Anthony
Courtesy of Navsource & Robert Hurst

Last updated: May 2019