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S.S. Keystone


Gross Tonnage:5,565Net:3,475
Dimensions:409.8 x 54.2 x 27.7MC Type:USSB EFC Design #1013
Builder:Northwest Steel Co.
Portland, OR
Hull #
USMC Hull #
Date of Build:
Delivered:
25

1919
1919
Engines:DR Geared Steam TurbineEngine Builder:General Electric Co.
Schenectady, NY
Navigation:SUB.SIG, DFDecks, etc.:2 Decks, Fitted for Oil Fuel

Began SM Service:1941Ended SM Service:1943

----------------------------------- Vessel History -----------------------------------
Date
Vessel
#
Vessel
Name
Vessel
Owner
Call Ltrs
Home
Port
Flag
1919
217919
West CherowU.S. Shipping Board
LQTD
Portland, ORUS
1929
217919
Sage BrushShepard Steamship Co.
Boston, MA
LQTD
Portland, MEUS
1941
217919
KeystoneStates Marine Corporation
New York
WJDJ
New YorkUS

Events:
1929: Sold to Shepard Steamship Co., renamed SAGE BRUSH.
1941: Sold to States Marine Corp., renamed KEYSTONE.

Disposition DateComments
19433/13 - On 3/4 the vessel departed New York en route to North Africa in Convoy UGS-6, consisting of 45 merchant ships and 7 escorts. On 3/12 the KEYSTONE developed engine problems and straggled from the convoy. An escort remained with the freighter for some time and then left to rejoin the convoy. The U-172 (Emmermann) spotted the lone freighter and fired a torpedo, striking the port side aft of the #5 hatch. The explosion ruptured the hull, destroyed the steering engine and steering gear, buckled the deck, disabled the 4 inch gun, and flooded the shaft alley. A fire started 5 minutes later and one of the planes lashed to the deck began to burn. The crew immediately secured the engines. Convinced the vessel was unsalvagable, the Master ordered the crew to abandon ship. Most of the 8 officers, 35 men, 27 armed guards and 2 passengers left the ship in good order in 4 lifeboats. After the crew cleared the ship, the U-172 fired a second torpedo that struck at #3 hold, causing the vessel to break in two and sink rapidly. The initial explosion killed one of the gun crew and a fireman. The Portuguese SS SINES rescued 71 men, landing them in the Azores.


Photo courtesy of Charles O'Connor and family 2010 - All rights reserved.
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Photo courtesy of Charles O'Connor and family 2010 - All rights reserved.
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The information on this web site is the kind contribution of our Historian, Skip Lewis, 2003. Skip, whose dad sailed for Isthmian, is an avid collector and researcher of everything Isthmian and States Marine. In his quest, he has used many sources and publications including Lloyd's of London and Imperial Steel by John Atherton.

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