Pan Pennsylvania


Pan-Pennsylvania was laid down as a T3-S BF1 tanker at National Bulk Carriers in Norfolk, and was launched in November 1943 for the company National Bulk Carriers Inc. She was one of the worlds largest tankers at that time. In convoy CU-21 bound for England in April the year after, she struggled to keep up with the others and lagged behind. She was soon spotted by the German uboat U 550 and was torpedoed 16. April 1944 south of Nantucket. The convoy escorts USS Gandy, Joyce and Peterson engaged the uboat, but also damaged the tanker in the process. She capsized and drifted away with the current. The day after she was first shelled by friendly fire from the escorts, then bombed by an American airplane before she disappeared in the deep. The wreck rest today on a depth of 102 meter, not far from the wreck of the German uboat U 550.

Former names:
Pan Pennsylvania

515,1 x 70,0 x 36,1 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
11016 grt
Norfolk ( US ) 1943
New York ( US )

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Last updated: October 2019