Ships hit by U-boats


American Motor fishing vessel

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Type:Motor fishing vessel
Tonnage16 tons
Completed1902 - Wit, North Carolina 
OwnerMiami Fish & Ice Co, Miami FL 
Date of attack16 Jul 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-166 (Hans-G√ľnther Kuhlmann)
Position23° 32'N, 82° 00'W - Grid DM 34
Complement3 (0 dead and 3 survivors).
RouteMiami, Florida - Havana, Cuba 
Cargo20 tons of onions 
Notes on event

About 09.00 hours on 16 July 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Gertrude (Master Walter Broward Crosland) was ordered to stop by U-166 about 30 miles northeast of Havana, Cuba. The crew was asked to abandon ship and they left immediately in a 14-foot motorboat. U-166 then sank the trawler by gunfire or by a scuttling charge. The motorboat with the crew ran out of fuel before reaching shore and drifted for 78 hours before being spotted by a Civil Air Patrol aircraft about three miles south of Alligator Reef Lighthouse. A boat out of Whale Harbor brought the three men ashore.

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