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)
Position - 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 Feb 1940, U-61 fired one torpedo at a steamer of about 3000 grt, which sank within 2 minutes east of the Shetlands. This must have been the El Sonador, which was reported missing since 17 February.


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