A S S O C I A T I O N OF U N D E R W A T E R E X P L O R E R S
AUE Weekend Dive Report June 15-18, 2007
Hunting U-507's First Targets in the Gulf of Mexico
In early May 1942, Korvettenkapitän Harro Schacht and the U-507 arrived at the entrance of the Gulf of Mexico and set up station in preparation to intercept outbound shipping traffic. In the next 24 hours, he would send three ships to the bottom, giving notice that the U-boat threat to the United States was much greater than initially anticipated.
GULF OF MEXICO HAT TRICKNORLINDO
The Norlindo was built in 1920 by the Superior, Wisconsin shipyard of Globe Shipbuilding. Originally christened the Lake Glaucus, she was 253 feet in length, 44 feet in beam, and displaced 2,686 tons. She was sold in 1925 to the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company of Baltimore, Maryland, and her name was changed to Volusia. She was sold yet again in 1941 to the Norlasco Steamship Corporation of New York, whereupon her name was changed to Norlindo.
MUNGER T. BALL
The Munger T. Ball was built as the Lilmae in October 1920 by the Terry Shipbuilding Company of Savannah, Georgia.
She registered a total length of 391.9 feet, a beam of 51.2 feet, and displaced 5,104 tons. Later, her name was changed to Chilsco, before her final name, Munger T. Ball.
JOSEPH M. CUDAHY
430-foot long tanker Joseph M. Cudahy was built in February 1921 at the
Chester, Pennsylvania shipyard of the Sun Shipbuilding Company.