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   SS Illinois - United States Merchant Freighter June 2, 1942   On the night of June 2, 1942, the US Merchant Freighter, SS Illinois was steaming unescorted at ten knots about four hundred miles north-east of Puerto Rico.  The freighter carried a compliment of thirty-eight men, eight officers and thirty crew and was transporting a cargo of manganese ore.  Two torpedoes, from the German U boat U-159, hit amidships, just aft of the bridge and the freighter sank within 40 seconds, capsizing to starboard. Only six members of the crew survived, picked up by the American steam tanker Esso Montpelier six days after the attack. They were landed at Port of Spain, Trinidad on June 10, 1942. Among the crew was Oiler Edmond Andrew Campbell, brother of Elizabeth Burke, of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Edmond Andrew Campbell Commemorated on Page 106 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 5 and August 2 Listed on the Halifax Memorial - Panel 21 Sources: Commonwealth War Grave Commission Canadian Virtual War Memorial uboat.net Additional Information: My dad and the sinking of the S.S. Illinois  
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 SS Illinois - United States Merchant Freighter  
Illinois under her former name Las Vegas. Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2401