British Motor tanker
|Completed||1935 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Eagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||9 Dec 1939||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)|
|Position||49° 20'N, 9° 45'W - Grid BE 3933|
|Complement||37 (1 dead and 36 survivors).|
|Route||Clyde - Trinidad|
|History||Completed in February 1935 |
|Notes on event|
At 07.10 hours on 9 Dec 1939 the San Alberto (Master George Waite, OBE) in convoy OB-48 was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-48 about 120 miles south of Cape Clear and broke in two. She had been missed by the first two torpedoes at 06.44 and 06.46 hours. The forepart sank in 49°28N/09°51W and the stern was first reboarded but had to be abandoned in worsening weather and was scuttled by gunfire on 11 December by HMS Mackay (D 70) (Cdr G.H. Stokes, RN), which took over the master and 35 crew members of the San Alberto from the Belgian tanker Alexandre André and landed them at Plymouth. One crew member was lost.
|On board||We have details of 5 people who were on board.|
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