Gilbert B. Walters
British Sailing ship
|Name||Gilbert B. Walters|
|Completed||1919 - Smith & Rhuland Shipbuilding Ltd, Lunenburg NS|
|Owner||Albert E. Graham, Bridgetown, Barbados|
|Date of attack||15 Jul 1943||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-572 (Heinz Kummetat)|
|Position||9° 40'N, 59° 50'W - Grid EO 1198|
|Complement||11 (0 dead and 11 survivors).|
|Route||Georgetown, British Guiana (13 Jul) – Port of Spain, Trinidad|
|Cargo||1150 empty gasoline drums|
|Notes on event|
At 02.00 hours on 15 July 1943 the unescorted and unarmed Gilbert B. Walters (Master George Graham) was stopped by U-572 from astern with machine gun fire across her bow southeast of Trinidad. The eight crew members and three passengers abandon ship in two lifeboats as ordered by the Germans who then questioned them, asking about name, cargo and route. The U-boat then began shelling the schooner which sank after being hit by two rounds. One lifeboat made landfall at the east coast of Trinidad and the other landed on Tobago.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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