British Motor tanker
|Completed||1935 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Owner||Eagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||22 Feb 1944||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-510 (Alfred Eick)|
|Position||13.46N, 48.49E - Grid MP 5511|
|Complement||53 (1 dead and 52 survivors).|
|Route||Abadan - Bandar Abbas - Aden - Suez|
|Cargo||11.000 tons of motor spirit and diesel oil|
|Notes on event|
On 22 Feb, 1944, U-510 made two attacks at the convoy PA-69 off Majhada, about 200 miles from Aden and reported two tankers and one freighter sunk, one freighter was left burning and sinking and one other freighter was damaged by one torpedo. Three tankers were hit, the San Alvaro, E.G. Seubert and Erling Brøvig. It is not clear whether one ship was hit by two torpedoes.
The San Alvaro (Master George Arthur H. Knott) caught fire and was abandoned. One gunner was lost. The master, 42 crew members, eight gunners and one passenger (DBS) were picked up by the HMAS Tamworth (J 181) (Lt F.E. Eastman), which sank the wreck by gunfire and depth charges in 13°46N/48°55E. The survivors were landed at Aden on 23 February.
The master George Arthur H. Knott was awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea.
|On board||We have details of 14 people who were on board.|
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