Robert E Lee

Gulf of Mexico,USA

The passenger ship Robert E Lee was built in Newport by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company and was launched in October 1924. Under a journey from Trinidad to Tampa carrying crew from previously torpedoed ships she was spotted and attacked by the German uboat U-166 under command of Hans Günther Kuhlmann. At 23.37 on 30. July 1942 she was hit by one torpedo from U 166. The torpedo struck aft of the engine room and destroyed # 3 hold, vented through the B and C decks and wrecked the engines and the steering gear. Severely wounded she listed to port then to starboard and finally sank by the stern after fifteen minutes. 25 men lost their lives in the sinking. The wreck was discovered in January 2001 with a ROV southeast of Port Eads on a depth of 1500 meter.

Former names:
Robert E Lee

522,5 x 70,3 x 38,7 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
5184 grt
Newport ( US ) 1924
New York ( US

28° 37' N, 88° 30' W
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Picture: Robert E Lee
Courtesy of Sjøhistorie

Last updated: September 2017