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Harry Jackson Mote Jr.

Second Engineer

SS Meriwether Lewis

United States Merchant Marine

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: March 2, 1943

Harry Jackson Mote Jr.
lived in this home
at
383 South 27th Street
in
Camden NJ


Harry Jackson Mote Jr. was born in Camden in 1911. He was the son of Harry Jackson and Mary Anna Wolff Mote of 1102 Lois Avenue in the Cramer Hill section of Camden NJ. His father was a machinist at the Cramp Shipyard in Camden. His father was also a well known baseball player in the Camden area, playing for the 11th Ward Republican Baseball Club, and later for the Westville team. Called "Brud" by family and friends, he was the second of three children, he came between brother Augustus "Gus" and sister Clara V. "Sis" Mote. His uncle, Louis R. Mote served as Assistant Superintendent of Streets for the City of Camden in the late 1920s and early 1930s. 

By 1930 Harry J. Mote Jr. had left school, and was working in a factory. Eventually he went to sea, and had achieved the rating of 2nd Engineer. By 1940 he had married Lois McNichol, and had lived with his wife Lillian, daughter Mary, and son Harry Jackson Mote III at 383 South 27th Street. The Motes had purchased the newly built home around 1940. 

Harry Jackson Mote Jr. served as 2nd Engineer of the SS Meriwether Lewis, a Liberty Ship, was lost on March 2, 1943 in the North Atlantic at 62-10 N x 28-25 W when the ship was torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine U-634 under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Eberhard Dahlhaus. The Lewis was part of a convoy headed for the United Kingdom. Her cargo was ammunition and tires. The Lewis was falling behind the convoy when she was torpedoed. The Coast Guard searched the area for two days, but the only trace of the SS Meriwether Lewis was 30 mile long line of tires. The SS Meriwether Lewis carried a crew of 44 with an armed guard of 28 men and was lost with all hands. Also serving on the SS Meriwether Lewis was Glenn Robert Curtis, of Delaware Township (Cherry Hill) NJ.

The SS Meriwether Lewis was the only ship sunk by U-634. The U-634 herself was sunk with all 47 hands lost on August 30, 1943 in the North Atlantic east of the Azores, in position 40.13N, 19.24W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Stork and the corvette HMS Stonecrop.

Harry Jackson Mote Jr. was 32 at the time of his death. He was survived by his wife, son, parents, brother Augustus and sister Mrs. Clara Snyder. His father passed away shortly thereafter, on August 13, 1943, and sister Clara died in 1949. 


Harry Jackson Mote Sr.
&
Mary Anna Wolff Mote

Cramer Hill
Camden NJ

1908

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1102 Lois Street

Cramer Hill
Camden NJ

1920s

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Harry J. Mote Jr.

Clara V. Mote

Augustus Mote

at rear of 1102 Lois Street

Cramer Hill
Camden NJ

Early 1930s

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1102 Lois Street

Cramer Hill
Camden NJ

July 10, 2004

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1102 Lois Street

Cramer Hill
Camden NJ

July 10, 2004

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1102 Lois Street

Cramer Hill
Camden NJ

July 10, 2004

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Harry J. Mote Jr., Clara V. Mote, Augustus Mote
at

1102 Lois Street, Cramer Hill. Camden NJ

Harry J. Mote is standing in front of window at far left.

1100 Block of Lois Street

Cramer Hill
Camden NJ

July 10, 2004

As Seen From
Southeast Corner
of
Lois & Pierce Streets

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Thanks to David Mote, grandson of Harry J. Mote Jr., for providing images seen on this page


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