Charles Hart ’45 SS Cedar Mills Sunk by Mine Italian Coast

WHILE THE WAR WAS OVER, THE MINES WERE AN EVER PRESENT DANGER

Charles Hart ’45 was on board the SS Cedar Mills, American Petroleum Transport Co. when the ship hit a floating mine off Taranto, Italy about November 19, 1945. He was in the boiler room when it exploded; and he was found on the top of the engine room by Third Mate Fred Welford (he was awarded the mariners Medal for the rescue). The explosion was so intense that it almost broke the vessel in two at the after end of the midships house; in fact there were only two plates on the starboard side that held the Cedar Mills together.

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