Ships hit by U-boats

Ena de Larrinaga

British Steam merchant

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NameEna de Larrinaga
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,200 tons
Completed1925 - F. Schichau GmbH, Elbing, Danzig 
OwnerLarrinaga & Co Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack5 Apr 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-105 (Georg Schewe)
Position1° 10'N, 26° 00'W - Grid FD 1644
Complement43 (5 dead and 38 survivors).
RouteHull - Buenos Aires 
Cargo5607 tons of coal and general cargo 
History Completed in March 1925 
Notes on event

At 03.38 hours on 5 April 1941 the unescorted Ena de Larrinaga (Master Reginald Sharpe Craston) was hit aft by one G7a torpedo from U-105 and sank slowly on an even keel 205 miles east of St. Paul Rocks. The U-boat had spotted the ship about 10 hours earlier and decided to wait for the night to attack. Five crew members of 39 crew members, two military and two naval gunners were lost. The master and 18 survivors were rescued after 13 days and landed at Rio de Fogo near Toures, Brazil. The chief officer and 18 survivors were picked up by the Brazilian steam passenger ship Almirante Alexandrio and landed at Pernambuco.

The master Reginald S. Craston was awarded an OBE and the Lloyd’s War Medal for bravery at sea.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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