British Steam tanker
|Completed||1919 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|Owner||Eagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||21 Jun 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)|
|Position||50° 20'N, 10° 24'W - Grid BF 1193|
|Complement||49 (0 dead and 49 survivors).|
|Route||Curaçao - Liverpool|
|Cargo||13.500 tons of crude oil and 4200 tons of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in October 1919 |
|Notes on event|
At 20.07 hours on 21 June 1940, U-47 fired a torpedo at a tanker in the middle of the convoy HX-49 about 50 miles south-southwest of Cape Clear and hit the San Fernando. The U-boat then fired two torpedoes at 20.08 and 20.10 hours but could not observe the results because they dived to 100 metres to avoid a steamer that was on collision course with the U-boat. Prien assumed that he had hit two 7000 grt steamers, but this is not confirmed in Allied reports.
The San Fernando (Master Arthur Richard Buckley) was taken in tow by tugs but sank the next day. The master and 48 crew members were picked up by HMS Fowey (L 15) (Cdr H.B. Ellison, RN) and HMS Sandwich (L 12) (Cdr M.J. Yeatman, RN) and landed at Plymouth.
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