Ships hit by U-boats

El Sonador

Panamanian Steam merchant

El Sonador under her former name Batavier III

NameEl Sonador
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,406 tons
Completed1897 - Gourlay Brothers & Co, Dundee 
OwnerL.P. Sclavounos, Panama 
Date of attack18 Feb 1940Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-61 (Jürgen Oesten)
Position59° 09'N, 1° 00'E - Grid AN 2779
Complement17 (17 dead - no survivors)
RouteMethil (10 Feb) - Methil Roads (16 Feb) - Gothenburg 
Cargo713 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.


Location of attack on El Sonador.

ship sunk.

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