Re: The sinking of the Dorchester, 1943
Greetings from Fort Worth, TX, Susan Krecker!!
Good news found at
"Maritime Disasters of the Second World War",
Page 20-of-35, which reads :
(Feb 3, 1943) American 10,000 ton troop transport passenger ship sunk by torpedo from the U-233 (Kptlt.Hans Steen). The DORCHESTER was bound for Greenland from St. John's, Newfoundland with 904 passengers and crew on board when attacked at 3:55am. Of the passengers, most were U.S. Troops. In addition she carried 1,000 tons of cargo. Escort ships rescued 229 persons from the stricken vessel, but 675 souls were lost, including 404 soldiers.
The U-233 was sunk on July 5, 1944 by US Destroyers BAKER and Thomas. There were 29 survivors, but 31 crew were drowned."
Try for more references.
That site identifies one of the four chaplains as Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, of York, NY.
I hope this helps in your quest for light on this subject.
I would appreciate hearing from you as to your immediate interest in the DORCHESTER.
Me ? I was Army, and I too crossed the Atlantic on a troop ship, the US General Richardson, bound for Italy. We were reported as sunk outside Naples, but thank goodness that was in error.
With best regards, Louie Franklin Turner.