As the crew were assessing the damage and attempting to run an emergency antenna a submarine was spotted about 300 yards off the port side. A few minutes later another torpedo struck amidships and the Clark immediately started by the bow. The command was given to abandon ship and the survivors loaded onto the two remaining lifeboats.
Believing everyone to be onboard, the lifeboats pulled away from the stricken vessel. Then another survivor was spotted on the deck of the Clark. He slid down a line and was successfully taken on board. As they attempted to circle the vessel in order to pick up other survivors the submarine was spotted once more, it’s spotlight outlining the stricken Clark.
Captain Hassell wisely decided to make their departure. The 26 seamen in lifeboat #4 were picked up and transported to Norfolk, VA and the remaining 14 men were rescued by the USS Dickerson and taken to the Ocracoke Coast Guard Station. The only casualty, Thomas Larkin, was sleeping where the first torpedo struck and was presumed dead.
On February 11, 1942, the Canadian tanker, Victolite, was sunk by the German U-564 about 450 miles east of the North Carolina coast. It was observed by the attackers that all hands left the vessel and confirmed when a boarding party was sent to investigate. The Victolite was fired on 98 times but the hull did not sink immediately. The 47 crew members that left the ship in lifeboats were never found. This emblem was used on the U-564 as well as several other German u-boats over the course of the war.
British Resource / British Motor Tanker / March 13, 1942 / 46 dead
Master James Kennedy
Sunk by U-124
Master Thorolf R. Hannevig
Sunk by U-158
Master Emil H. Engelbrecht
Sunk by U-124