Panamanian Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||South Atlantic Steamship Co, Savannah GA|
|Date of attack||2 Oct 1942||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-175 (Heinrich Bruns)|
|Position||8° 24'N, 59° 12'W - Grid EO 1455|
|Complement||49 (6 dead and 43 survivors).|
|Route||Paramaribo - Trinidad|
|Cargo||3348 tons of bauxite|
|History||Completed in October 1917 as War Trefoil for the Shipping Controller, managed by T. Dixon & Sons. 1919 sold to Italy and renamed San Giuseppe for Ravano & Corrado, Genoa. 1929 sold to Soc Anon per l´Industria ed il Commerico Marittimo ´Nova Genuensis´, Genoa. On 3 Sep 1941, seized in Norfolk by the US Government, registered in Panama as Aneroid by the US Maritime Commission and operated by South Atlantic SS Co, Savannah GA. |
|Notes on event|
At 10.54 hours on 2 Oct 1942 the unescorted Aneroid (Master Imgvald K. Eide) was hit by one G7a torpedo from U-175 on the starboard side at #4 hatch just abaft the engine room. The explosion opened a huge hole in the bulkhead between #4 and #5 hold causing this hold to flood. At 11.15 hours she sank by the stern about 130 miles off Georgetown. Five crew members and one armed guard died. The boats #2 and #4 had both problems during launching and swamped. The occupants were picked up by the boat #1, which was launched earlier. The boat #3 in command of the master with 25 crewmen and four armed guards was picked up by the Yugoslavian steam merchant Ivan at 23.00 hours on 2 October and landed at Georgetown. The occupants of boat #1, ten crewmen and four armed guards were picked up by the Hondurian steam merchant Olambala at 14.00 hours on 4 October and were landed at Paramaribo five days later.
|On board||We have details of 21 people who were on board.|
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