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SS Fort Mercer was a Type T2-SE-A1 tanker built by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., at Chester, Pennsylvania in October 1945.[1]

Loss[edit | edit source]

On February 18, 1952, she broke in two in a gale, 30 miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts.[1] The rescue of the survivors of the shipwrecked Fort Mercer is considered one of the most daring rescues of the United States Coast Guard.[2] The story of her loss is to be told in a film due to be released in 2016.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Visser, Auke. "Fort Mercer". Auke Visser. http://www.aukevisser.nl/t2tanker/id551.htm. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  2. "Pendleton Rescue". United States Coast Guard. http://www.uscg.mil/history/Pendleton_Index.asp. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 

Coordinates: 39°50′53″N 75°21′04″W / 39.84813°N 75.35104°W / 39.84813; -75.35104

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