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S.S. Nebraskan

Torpedoed 1915
Length 160'; Beam 46'; 4,049 tons


The Nebraskan was chartered by the Atlantic Transport Line for an "east-bound voyage to Liverpool," and sailed on May 7, 1915, with general cargo. She arrived on May 19, discharged her freight, and then sailed for home in ballast. Shortly after leaving she was torpedoed by a German submarine off Ireland and sank.

She was an American built and American owned oil-burning steamship, built at Camden, New Jersey in 1902 for the American-Hawaiian Line to carry sugar from Honolulu via the straight of Magellan. Although an American (and therefore in theory neutral) vessel the attack upon her was deemed by British authorities to be an act of war. According to the website Uboat.net, Nebraskan was renamed Rockingham in 1916 by the Garland Steamship Corp., of New York, and was sunk on May 1, 1917, by U 69.

Sources: The Atlantic Transport Line, 1881-1931; The Ships List; The New York Times, May 27, 1915


For more information ...

Kinghorn "The Atlantic Transport Line 1881 - 1931" McFarland, 2011

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