Brazilian Steam merchant
|Completed||1905 - Reiherstieg Schiffswerft & Maschinenfabrik, Hamburg|
|Owner||Cia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro|
|Homeport||Rio de Janeiro|
|Date of attack||16 Aug 1942||Nationality: Brazilian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)|
|Position||11.41S, 37.21W - Grid FJ 8495|
|Complement||154 (150 dead and 4 survivors).|
|Route||Salvador, Bahia - Aracaju, Sergipe|
|History||Completed in April 1905 as Jupiter for Cia de Nav Cruzeiro do Sul, Santos. 1910 sold to Cia de Nav Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro. 1914 wrecked at Santa Catharina, later salvaged and repaired. 1917 renamed Ruy Barbosa, 1923 renamed Commandante Alvim and 1931 renamed Annibal Benévolo. |
|Notes on event|
At 09.13 hours on 16 Aug, 1942, the neutral Annibal Benévolo (Master Henrique Jacques Mascarenhas da Siveira) was hit aft and in the engine room by two torpedoes from U-507 and sank almost immediately 15 miles off the mouth of the River Real. The survivors clung to debris and only the master and three crew members managed to reach the shore south of the Estancia Lighthouse. 67 crew members and 83 passengers were lost.
The sinking of five Brazilian ships by U-507 with over 500 casualties within two days, led to the Brazilian declaration of war against Germany on 22 Aug, 1942.
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