Originally posted in 2013. Included some updates on the German submarine that sank her and new pictures. April 29 is the anniversary of the sinking
April 29th marks the anniversary of the sinking of the SS McKeesport by a German U-boat
Like they have for many years, aging veterans and their families come to the shores of the Youghiogheny at a place called the Palisades to remember the proud little cargo ship that served its country well from 1919 to 1943 before falling victim to a torpedo and finally gunshots that sent her to her grave.
The McKeesport was a steamship built by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny New Jersey. She was a single screw ship with a top speed of around 11 knots and armed during the World War 2 years with a four-inch cannon and nine 20mm guns. The crew was a mixture of Merchant Marines and Armed Guards and had done good service in the early days of the war bringing relief supplies to Europe when they were desperately needed.
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