Panamanian Steam merchant
|Completed||1897 - Gourlay Brothers & Co, Dundee|
|Owner||L.P. Sclavounos, Panama|
|Date of attack||18 Feb 1940||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-61 (Jürgen Oesten)|
|Position||59° 09'N, 1° 00'E - Grid AN 2779|
|Complement||17 (17 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Methil (10 Feb) - Methil Roads (16 Feb) - Gothenburg|
|Cargo||713 tons of coal|
|History||Completed in November 1897 as Batavier III for Batavier Line (William H. Müller & Co), Rotterdam. 1939 sold to Panama and renamed El Sonador. |
|Notes on event|
At 00.23 hours on 18 February 1940 U-61 fired one G7a torpedo from a distance of only 350 meters at a steamer of about 3000 grt about 90 miles southeast of the Shetlands and observed it to sink in less than one minute after being hit on starboard side amidships. This must have been the El Sonador, which was reported missing since 17 February.
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