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Antoine Saugrain

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassLiberty-class Merchant Vessel
BuilderKaiser Richmond Shipyards
Slip/Drydock Number12
Laid Down26 Jul 1943
Launched15 Aug 1943
Sunk6 Dec 1944
Displacement14,474 tons standard
Length442 feet
Beam57 feet
Draft28 feet
MachineryTwo oil-fired boilers, one triple-expansion steam engine, one screw
Power Output2,500 shaft horsepower
Speed11 knots
Armament1x4in gun, anti-aircraft guns
Cargo Capacity10,856t deadweight


ww2dbaseLiberty ship SS Antoine Saugrain was delivered to the United States War Shipping Administration in Aug 1943. In Dec 1944, she found herself in the Philippine Islands. On 5 Dec 1944, while carrying 450 crew member and passengers, she came under attack by Japanese aircraft. At 0840 hours, a number of bombs were dropped in her proximity, causing no damage. At 1220 hours, she claimed to have damaged a Japanese torpedo bomber. A few minutes later, she was struck by a aerial torpedo on the port side, blowing away the rudder and leaving her dead in the water. At 1231 hours, she claimed hits on another torpedo aircraft. Very shortly after, she was struck by a second torpedo which detonated in the No. 2 hold. The abandon ship order was given at 1247 hours. An attempt was made to tow her to shallow waters, but she would sink while under tow in the Surigao Strait on 6 Dec 1944. While a number of passengers and crew were wounded during the attack, no fatalities were recorded.

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Last Major Revision: May 2022

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26 Jul 1943 The keel of Antoine Saugrain was laid down at Yard No. 2, Kaiser Richmond Shipyards, Richmond, California, United States.
15 Aug 1943 SS Antoine Saugrain was launched at Yard No. 2, Kaiser Richmond Shipyards, Richmond, California, United States.
28 Aug 1943 SS Antoine Saugrain was transferred to the United States War Shipping Administration.
5 Dec 1944 SS Antoine Saugrain was rendered dead in the water after being struck by two aerial torpedoes in Philippine waters. The ship claimed to have shot down several Japanese aircraft. She was carrying 450 passengers and crew; some were wounded during the attack, but all would eventually be accounted for after all survivors were rescued.
6 Dec 1944 SS Antoine Saugrain, damaged by two Japanese aerial torpedoes on the previous day, sank while under tow in the Surigao Strait in Philippine waters.

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