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Pan Pennsylvania

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Pan Pennsylvania

 U-550 surfaced while
Pan Pennsylvania burned
(U.S. Navy photo)

The table below provides historical and statistical data on the vessel. Some of the information may be incomplete. If you have additions or corrections, please e-mail us at the address listed below.

Shipwreck Data

Vessel Name Pan Pennsylvania
Other Names  
Vessel Type Tanker
Owner U.S. Maritime Commission
Length / Beam / Draft (feet) 515' / 70' /
Tonnage 11,016 GRT
Hull Construction Steel
Propulsion Steam / Screw
Cargo Gasoline
Built 1943 at Norfolk, VA (Welding Shipyards, Inc.)
Date of Loss April 16, 1944
Reason for Loss Torpedoed by the German submarine U-550 when the Pan Pennsylvania lagged behind its wartime convoy.
Fatalities 25 (56 crewmen were rescued)
Location 70 miles south of Nantucket Island (MA), near the wreck of the U-550
Coordinates (Lat/Lon)  
Coordinates (Loran C)  
Water Depth (feet) Approximately 300'
Typical Visibility (feet)  
Wreck Condition  
Diving Considerations  
Other Information Immediately after the U-550 torpedoed the Pan Pennsylvania, the destroyer escorts USS Joyce, USS Peterson and USS Gandy, which were accompanying the convoy, hunted down and depth charged the sub. Following the depth charge attack, the wounded sub surfaced, engaged in a brief gun battle, then sank to the ocean floor. For more information on the U-550, see our U-550 data page.
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