MS Stag Hound (1941)

MS Stag Hound was a Type C2-SU-R refrigerated diesel motor powered cargo ship built by Sun Shipbuilding for United States Lines. She was sunk by Italian submarine Barbarigo on 3 March 1943. All hands were rescued by an Argentine ship.

For other ships with the same name, see MS Stag Hound.

History
Name SS Stag Hound
Owner United States Lines[1]
Port of registry New York[2]
Builder
Yard number 204[3]
Launched 18 October 1941[3]
Completed September 1942[3]
Fate sunk by Barbarigo, 3 March 1943[1]
General characteristics
Type {Type C2-SU-R ship
Tonnage 6,165 GRT[3]
Length 453 ft 3 in (138.15 m)[2]
Beam 63 ft 2 in (19.25 m)[2]
Draft 27 ft 5 in (8.36 m)[2]
Propulsion 1 × 5-cylinder diesel engine, 870 hp (650 kW)[2]
Speed 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h)[3]
Crew 10 officers, 49 men, 25 Naval Armed Guardsmen[1]
Armament

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Stag Hound was laid down at Sun Shipbuilding of Chester, Pennsylvania.[3] Constructed under a United States Maritime Commission contract (MC hull number 116) on behalf of United States Lines of New York,[3][4] she was launched on 18 October 1941.[3] After Stag Hounds September 1942 completion, she was registered at New York and armed with one 5-inch (130 mm) and one 3-inch (76 mm)deck gun and six machine guns, and took on fourteen Naval Armed Guardsmen to man the guns.[1]

On 28 February 1943, Stag Hound departed New York for Rio de Janeiro with a 5,800-long-ton (5,893.072 t) cargo that included dynamite, trucks, gas, and steel. At 19:15 on 3 March, near position

16°44′S36°33′W, Stag Hound was struck by two torpedoes launched by Italian submarine Barbarigo. The torpedoes destroyed the steering gear and the ship’s antenna, and the ship’s master, Harold T. McCaw, ordered the fatally damaged vessel abandoned. The ship’s 10 officers (including McCaw), 49 men, and 25 Naval Armed Guardsmen boarded two lifeboats and one life raft ten minutes after the attack. Barbarigo launched a coup de grâce that hit the still-floating ship, causing her to sink stern-first at 19:50, 35 minutes after the initial attack. After 25 hours in the water, all hands were rescued by the Argentine steamer SS Rio Colorado and were landed at Rio de Janeiro on 8 March.[1]

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