Ships hit by U-boats


Rio Tercero

Argentinian Steam merchant



NameRio Tercero
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,864 tons
Completed1912 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerArgentine Government (Flota Mercante del Estado) 
HomeportBuenos Aires 
Date of attack22 Jun 1942Nationality:      Argentinian
 
FateSunk by U-202 (Hans-Heinz Linder)
Position39.15N, 72.32W - Grid CA 5651
Complement42 (5 dead and 37 survivors).
Convoy
RouteNew York - Buenos Aires 
Cargo3500 tons of general cargo, including coal and mail 
History Completed in December 1912 as British Eboe for Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool. 1939 sold to Italy and renamed Fortunstella for Fratelli Rizzuto, Naples. In June 1940 interned at Necochea and on 25 Aug, 1941 seized by Argentina and renamed Rio Tercero
Notes on event

At 12.34 hours on 22 Jun, 1942, the unescorted and neutral Rio Tercero was hit by one of three torpedoes from U-202 and sank slowly about 120 miles off New York. Linder reported that the ship displayed no neutrality markings and was recognized as Argentinian only after the attack when questioning the survivors.

 

Location of attack on Rio Tercero.

ship sunk.


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