Ships hit by U-boats

San Delfino

British Motor tanker

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NameSan Delfino
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,072 tons
Completed1938 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerEagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack10 Apr 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-203 (Rolf M├╝tzelburg)
Position35° 35'N, 75° 06'W - Grid CA 7965
Complement50 (28 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteHouston (3 Apr) - Halifax - Hull 
Cargo11.000 tons of aviation spirit 
History Completed in September 1938 
Notes on event

At 03.47 hours on 10 April 1942 the unescorted San Delfino (Master Albert Edward Gumbleton) was hit by one torpedo from U-203 east of Cape Hatteras but without any visible effect. A spread of two torpedoes fired in a second attack at 03.51 hours missed, but the next torpedo at 05.08 hours hit and sank the tanker. The U-boat needed altogether seven torpedoes to sink the ship.
24 crew members and four gunners were lost. The master 19 crew members and two gunners were picked up by HMS Norwich City (FY 229) (Lt L.H. Stammers, RNVR) and landed at Morehead City, North Carolina.

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