Ships hit by U-boats

San Gaspar

British Steam tanker

NameSan Gaspar
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage12,910 tons
Completed1921 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerEagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack18 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateDamaged by U-575 (Günther Heydemann)
Position10° 30'N, 60° 27'W - Grid EE 7778
Complement52 (12 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteCuraçao (14 Jul) - Trinidad - Freetown 
CargoFuel oil and aviation spirit 
History Completed in November 1921

Broken up at Osaka in February 1954. 
Notes on event

At 06.25 hours on 18 July 1942 the unescorted San Gaspar was hit by two torpedoes from U-575 about 30 miles off Manzanilla, Trinidad. The U-boat assumed that the burning tanker will sink and left the area, but HMS Roode Zee (W 162) managed to save the vessel and towed her into Port of Spain on 22 July. After temporary repairs the ship was towed to Mobile in December 1942 and returned to service in October 1943.

On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

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