Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,320 tons
Completed1931 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerChernomorskoe Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parohodstvo (ChGMP) 
Date of attack4 Jul 1942Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-129 (Hans-Ludwig Witt)
Position22° 13'N, 86° 06'W - Grid DL 6575
Complement44 (8 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteDurban - New Orleans 
History Completed in June 1931 as British Germanic for Sir Walter H. Cockerline, Hull. 1932 sold to the Soviet Union and renamed Stanislav Kossior. 1938 renamed Tuapse
Notes on event

At 23.29 hours on 4 July 1942 the unescorted Tuapse (Master V.I. Shcherbachev) was hit by two torpedoes from U-129 northwest of Havana after the ship had been spotted about 4 hours earlier. The tanker developed a list, but still continued and was brought to an even keel by counter flooding. At 00.19 hours, the U-boat fired a third torpedo that hit the stern of the ship and caused her to sink.

In November 1941 the Tuapse had been ordered to leave the Black Sea for the Pacific, passing through the Aegean Sea to Suez in January 1942.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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