Ships hit by U-boats


Santos

Swedish Motor merchant



Photo courtesy of Peter Asklander

NameSantos
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,840 tons
Completed1925 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerRederi-A/B Nordstjernan (Axel Axelson Johnson), Stockholm 
HomeportStockholm 
Date of attack24 Feb 1940Nationality:      Swedish
 
FateSunk by U-63 (Günther Lorentz)
Position59° 17'N, 0° 42'W - Grid AN 26
Complement43 (31 dead and 12 survivors).
Convoy
RouteBuenos Aires - Bahia - Kirkwall - Gothenburg 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in May 1925 
Notes on event

At 21.00 hours on 24 February 1940 the unescorted neutral Santos was torpedoed and sunk by U-63 about 32 miles east-southeast of Fair Isle. Among the 31 casualties were three passengers and six of eight repatriated seamen from the Liana, which had been sunk by U-14 (Wohlfarth) on 16 February. On 25 February, the survivors were picked up by HMS Gallant (H 59) (LtCdr C.P.F. Brown, RN) after being directed to their raft by a Hudson aircraft about 50 miles east of Duncansby Head and landed at Invergordon later the same day.

 
On boardWe have details of 32 people who were on board

Location of attack on Santos.

ship sunk.


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