SS Larry Doheny

Larry Doheny was a tanker ship that sank during World War II, after an attack by Japanese submarine I-25 on October 5, 1942 at 10:00pm. Larry Doheny sank with six of her crew killed off the coast of Cape Sebastian, off the southern coast of Oregon. Larry Doheny was on her way to Portland, Oregon loaded with 66,000 barrels of fuel oil from Long Beach, California. The torpedo attack caused the #2 and #3 storage tanks to exploded. The explosion took out the radio, so no distress call was sent. The surviving 40 crew members were rescued by USS Coos Bay, a United States Navy Barnegat-class small seaplane tender, the next day. The ship was not salvaged. The attack help put fear into the west coast and started the Battle of Los Angeles. SS Emidio and SS Montebello were also attacked and sank off the West Coast of the United States. SS Larry Doheny was built by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Company. She had nine cargo tanks, her homeport was Los Angeles.[1] [2][3]

SS Larry Doheny in 1941
Norway;United States
  • Foldenfjord (1921–1927)
  • Larry Doheny (1927–1941)
Namesake: Larry Doheny
Ordered: 2 May 1920
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester
Yard number: 44
Laid down: 17 January 1921
Launched: 12 May 1921
Sponsored by: Mrs. J.O. Bredal
Fate: Sunk, 5 October 1942
General characteristics
Type: Tanker
Length: 430 ft 4 in (131.17 m)
Beam: 59 ft 3 in (18.06 m)
Depth: 33 ft 3 in (10.13 m)
Installed power: 412 Nhp
Propulsion: Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. 3-cylinder triple expansion
Speed: 10 12 knots (19.4 km/h; 12.1 mph)

When built in 1921, the first owner of Larry Doheny was the Norwegian America Line and called SS Foldenfjord. In 1928 the ship was sold to Richfield Oil Company. [4]

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