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SS Fort Mercer was a Type T2-SE-A1 tanker built by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., at Chester, Pennsylvania in October 1945.[1]


On February 18, 1952, she broke in two in a gale, 30 miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts.[1] The rescue of the survivors of the shipwrecked Fort Mercer is considered one of the most daring rescues of the United States Coast Guard.[2] The story of her loss is to be told in a film due to be released in 2016.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Visser, Auke. "Fort Mercer". Auke Visser. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  2. "Pendleton Rescue". United States Coast Guard. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 

Coordinates: 39°50′53″N 75°21′04″W / 39.84813°N 75.35104°W / 39.84813; -75.35104

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