Daily Event for July 12, 2009

Built in 1920 as Salaam for the U.S. Shipping Board, the Waterman Steamship Company acquired the ship in 1940 and renamed her Andrew Jackson. On July 12, 1942 she was en route from Cristobal, Panama to Key West, Florida when she was hit in the stern by a torpedo fired by U-84.

A second torpedo sent the ship to the bottom in a few minuets, fortunately, all but three men who had been killed by the initial explosion, abandoned the ship and landed in Cuba twelve hours later.
© 2009 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honor
In memory of those who lost their lives in
SS Andrew Jackson
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Hood, Stuart W.
3rd Engineer
Milloy, Arthur W.
Warmer, Bertram

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Nov. 28, 2011

We had a house on the beach called Varadero in Cuba north coast, the closest point to Key West, at about 7 am one of the girls that worked at home woke us up saying that there were firing bengals in the horizon towards the NE. We began inquiring and at about 9am a fishing boat that was in the ocean belonging to a friend of my dad arrived towing one or two lifeboats with sailors all full of oil. I do not remember how many.  They used to say that the German subs used to hide at the entrance of Matanzas Bay that had deep canyons and there was a lot of traffic with sugar merchants ships and we use to get a lot of fly-over by navy blimps and Kingfishers. I was 11 years old at the time. The boat must have been the Andrew Jackson.    

Jorge Tatour  
Vero Beach, Florida