Panamanian Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||Balboa Shipping Co Inc (United Fruit Co), Balboa|
|Date of attack||4 Feb 1942||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-103 (Werner Winter)|
|Position||38° 05'N, 74° 40'W - Grid CA 5764|
|Complement||41 (2 dead and 39 survivors).|
|Route||Santa Marta, Colombia - Puerto Cortes, Honduras - Philadelphia|
|History||Completed in December 1920 for Unifruitco SS Co Ltd (United Fruit Co), Glasgow. 1931 registered in Panama for Balboa Shipping Co Inc (United Fruit Co), Balboa. |
|Notes on event|
At 06.43 hours on 4 Feb 1942 the unescorted and unarmed San Gil (Master Walter W. Koch) was hit on the port side in the engine room by one torpedo from U-103, while steaming at 13 knots on a nonevasive course. The explosion killed two men on watch below, destroyed the port lifeboat and the radio equipment. The flooding of the engine room caused a sharp list to starboard. When they sent distress signals with the emergency radio the U-boat fired with the 37mm and 20mm AA guns at the bridge from the starboard side to prevent further use of the radio and scored 8-12 hits. At 07.23 hours, a coup de grâce struck amidships on the starboard side and caused the ship to sink in 5 minutes. The survivors had abandoned ship in two lifeboats, were picked up by USS Nike (WPC 112) on the same day and landed at Lewes, Delaware.
|On board||We have details of 10 people who were on board.|
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