Ships hit by U-boats


Eclipse

British Steam tanker



NameEclipse
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage9,767 tons
Completed1931 - ScottĀ“s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock 
OwnerStandard Transportation Co Ltd, Hong Kong 
HomeportHong Kong 
Date of attack4 May 1942Nationality:      British
 
FateDamaged by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)
Position26° 30'N, 80° 00'W - Grid DM 2318
Complement47 (2 dead and 45 survivors).
ConvoyON-87 (dispersed)
RouteAvonmouth (7 Apr) - Milford Haven (15 Apr) - Port Arthur 
CargoBallast 
History Completed in August 1931

Post-war:
1950 sold to Panama and renamed Ionian Skipper for Cia de Navegacion Cristobal SA (Vergottis Ltd), Panama. Broken up at Yokohama in May 1954. 
Notes on event

At 19.04 hours on 4 May 1942 the unescorted Eclipse, dispersed from convoy ON-87, was torpedoed by U-564 off Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Germans observed how the tanker settled by the stern until resting on the bottom in the shallow waters. The ship was later salvaged and towed into Port Everglades. After temporary repairs towed to Mobile and returned to service in December 1942.

 
On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

ship damaged.


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