British Motor tanker
|Completed||1938 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Owner||Eagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||17 Mar 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-404 (Otto von Bülow)|
|Position||37.03N, 73.50W - Grid CA 8163|
|Complement||53 (19 dead and 32 survivors).|
|Route||Baltimore (14 Mar) - Halifax - UK|
|Cargo||4000 tons of alcohol and 7000 tons of motor spirit|
|Notes on event|
At 02.16 hours on 17 Mar, 1942, the unescorted San Demetrio (Master Conrad Vidot) was torpedoed and sunk by U-404 northwest of Cape Charles, Virginia. 16 crew members and three gunners were lost. The U-boat inspected the lifeboats but did not communicate with the survivors and soon submerged again. The master, 26 crew members and five gunners were picked up after two days by the American merchant Beta and landed at Norfolk, Viriginia.
The master Conrad Vidot was awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.
|On board||We have details of 26 people who were on board.|
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