Jacksonville Beach in Duval County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected 2005 by A Florida Hetitage Landmark Sponsored
Marker series. This marker is included in the US Navy Armed Guard marker series.
Location. 30° 17.593′ N, 81° 23.389′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, in Duval County. Marker is on 4th Avenue N near Ocean Front N, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the 4th Avenue N terminus parking lot and Oceanfront sidewalk. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville Beach FL 32250, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps and Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Settlers At Ruby, Florida (approx. 0.4 miles away); Porter Wood Burning Locomotive (approx. 0.4 miles away); Doolittle's 1922 Record Flight (approx. 0.4 miles away); World War II Operation Pastorius / St. Johns County (approx. 3.6 miles away); Jean Ribaut (approx. 8 miles away); The Huguenot Memorial Site (approx. 8.4 miles away); St. George Episcopal Church (approx. 8.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jacksonville Beach.
Regarding SS Gulfamerica. Gulfamerica, American Steam tanker
At 04.22 hours on 11 Apr, 1942, the unescorted Gulfamerica
After sinking Gulfamerica the boat (U-123) was located in shallow waters by an aircraft which directed a destroyer to the position. At 09.17 hours six depth charges were dropped on U-123 moving over the bottom at a depth of 20 m and badly damaged her. The boat played "dead man" and despite air bubbles escaping from damaged valves no more depth charges were dropped by the destroyer which left after one hour. Most of the damage could be repaired by the crew and the boat continued the patrol. (Sources: KTB U-123)
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. .. the relationship, marker shown, another U-123 victim
Also see . . .
1. SS Gulfamerica, from Wikipedia,. The SS Gulfamerica was an American steam tanker built by Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards Inc, of Sparrow's Point, Maryland and completed in March 1942. She was operated by the Gulf Oil Company of New York and homeported in Philadelphia. (Submitted on July 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. German submarine U-123 (1940). On the night of 8 April 1942, U-123 was positioned off the shores of St. Simons Island, Georgia and damaged the tankers Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge; twenty-two seamen were killed. The following day, 9 April, the freighter Esparta was sunk by U-123. On the night of 10 April 1942, U-123 torpedoed and sank SS Gulfamerica about two miles off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida. Gulfamerica was on its maiden voyage
Ninth Sailing - active patrol
U-123 departed under Reinhard Hardegen from Lorient (France) on 2nd Mar 1942 for operations off the US East coast and arrived back at Lorient more than eight weeks later on 2nd May 1942. Reinhard Hardegen hit eleven ships on this patrol.
• On 22nd Mar 1942 he sank the American 7,034 ton Muskogee.
• On 24th Mar 1942 he sank the British 8,138 ton Empire Steel.
• On 27th Mar 1942 he sank the American 3,209 ton USS Atik.
• On 2nd Apr 1942 he damaged the American 7,057 ton Liebre.
• On 8th Apr 1942 he damaged the American 9,264 ton Oklahoma.
• On 8th Apr 1942 he damaged the American 7,989 ton Esso Baton Rouge.
• On 9th Apr 1942 he sank the American 3,365 ton Esparta.
• On 11th Apr 1942 he sank the American 8,081 ton Gulfamerica.
• On 13th Apr 1942 he sank the American 2,609 ton Leslie.
• On 13th Apr 1942 he sank the Swedish 2,647 ton Korsholm.
• On 17th Apr 1942 he sank the American 4,834 ton Alcoa Guide.
U-123 had one crewman killed during an artillery exchange with the USN 'Q-Ship' Atik. (Submitted on July 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. ShipwreckExpo FLORIDA East Coast Shipwrecks GulfAmerica Wreck Jacksonville. ...445 feet long, had a 64 foot beam, displaced 8,081 tons and was powered by a 583 nhp turbine engine. ... (Submitted on July 24, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels •
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