Ships hit by U-boats


San Emiliano

British Motor tanker



NameSan Emiliano
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,071 tons
Completed1939 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerEagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London 
HomeportLondon 
Date of attack9 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position7° 22'N, 54° 08'W - Grid EO 6134
Complement48 (40 dead and 8 survivors).
ConvoyE-7 (dispersed)
RouteCuraƧao (29 Jul) - Trinidad (6 Aug) - Table Bay - Suez 
Cargo11.286 tons of aviation spirit 
History Completed in April 1939 
Notes on event

At 03.24 hours on 9 Aug 1942 the San Emiliano (Master James Wilfred Tozer), dispersed from convoy E-7, was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-155 about 450 miles west of Trinidad and sank in flames after breaking in two. The U-boat had to avoid the flames on the water surface by diving. The master, 35 crew members and four gunners were lost. Eight crew members were picked up by a US Army transport and landed at Paramaribo, Dutch Guinea.

The apprentice Donald Owen Clarke was posthumously awarded the George Cross and the chief radio officer D.W. Dennis was awarded posthumously the George Medal, both for their outstanding bravery.

 
On boardWe have details of 48 people who were on board

Location of attack on San Emiliano.

ship sunk.


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