Account and Crew List of Our Grandfather’s Boat The Ben and Josephine Which Was Sunk By A German Sub June 3, 1942

Ben and Josephine

American Motor fishing vessel

NameBen and Josephine
Type:Motor fishing vessel
Tonnage102 tons
Completed1941 – Thomaston ME 
HomeportGloucester 
Date of attack3 Jun 1942Nationality:      American
 
FateSunk by U-432 (Heinz-Otto Schultze)
Position43° 07’N, 66° 51’W – Grid BA 9976
Complement8 (0 dead and 8 survivors).
Convoy
RouteGloucester MA – Sea Island NS 
Cargonone 
History 
Notes on eventAt 21.00 hours on 3 June 1942, two unarmed fishing vessels, the Aeolus and Ben and Josephine (Master Guiseppe Ciaramitaro), were stopped by U-432 while they were engaged in fishing (distance between the vessels was 4 miles) about 170 miles east by south of Thatchers Island. Schultze allowed the crews to leave their ships safely, before they were shelled and sunk.At 21.00 hours, the Ben and Josephine was shelled with 45 shells, caught fire and sank after 30 minutes, then U-432 shelled and sank the Aeolus. The crew of two officers and six men made their way back in dories with the six survivors of the other fishing vessel and landed at Mount Desert Coast Guard Light Station 36 hours after the attack.
Ben and Josephine
American motor fishing vessel

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Aboard Ben and Josephine when hit on 3 Jun 1942
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Name
Age
Rank
Served on


Ciaramitaro, Guiseppe, Merchant Marine
27
Master
Ben and Josephine


Frontiero, Peter, Merchant Marine
27
Sailor
Ben and Josephine


Frontiero, Sam, Merchant Marine
45
Engineer
Ben and Josephine


Frontiero, Tony, Merchant Marine
35
Cook
Ben and Josephine


Mahoney, William, Merchant Marine
49
Sailor
Ben and Josephine


Montagnino, Dominic, Merchant Marine
27
Sailor
Ben and Josephine


Orlando, Sam, Merchant Marine
23
Sailor
Ben and Josephine


Sheaves, James A., Merchant Marine
42
Sailor
Ben and Josephine

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