A actual picture and postcard of the Steamship
On January 19, 1942 the S.S Coamo was involved
in a rescue when The Lady Hawkins was sunk
by a U-boat U-66 (a sub). Captained by
(Korvkpt. Richard Zapp). It was sunk midway between Cape Hatteras
and Bermuda. The ship was carrying 212 passengers and 109 crew when hit by two
torpedoes. About 162 passengers died as did 88 of the ships crew. The steamship Coamo
rescued 71 persons from a lifeboat and
brought them to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The liner S.S Coamo was also later torpedoed on December 9, 1942 and sank with the loss
of 133 passengers and crew.
The U-66 was sunk on May 6, 1944 by the destroyer
escort USS Buckley. There were 36 survivors but 24 of the crew died.