Ships hit by U-boats

San Emiliano

British Motor tanker

NameSan Emiliano
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,071 tons
Completed1939 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerEagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack9 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position7° 22'N, 54° 08'W - Grid EO 6134
Complement48 (40 dead and 8 survivors).
ConvoyE-7 (dispersed)
RouteCuraƧao (29 Jul) - Trinidad (6 Aug) - Table Bay - Suez 
Cargo11,286 tons of aviation spirit 
History Completed in April 1939 
Notes on event

At 03.24 hours on 9 August 1942 the unescorted San Emiliano (Master James Wilfred Tozer), dispersed from convoy E-7, was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-155 about 450 miles west of Trinidad and sank in flames after breaking in two. The U-boat had to avoid the flames on the water surface by diving. The master, 33 crew members and six gunners were lost. Eight crew members were picked up by a US Army transport and landed at Paramaribo, Suriname.

On boardWe have details of 48 people who were on board

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