Ships hit by U-boats

Annibal Benévolo

Brazilian Steam merchant

NameAnnibal Benévolo
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,905 tons
Completed1905 - Reiherstieg Schiffswerft & Maschinenfabrik, Hamburg 
OwnerCia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack16 Aug 1942Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)
Position11° 41'S, 37° 21'W - Grid FJ 8495
Complement154 (150 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteSalvador, Bahia - Aracaju, Sergipe 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in April 1905 as Jupiter for Cia de Nav Cruzeiro do Sul, Santos. 1910 sold to Cia de Nav Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro. 1914 wrecked at Santa Catharina, later salvaged and repaired. 1917 renamed Ruy Barbosa 1923 renamed Commandante Alvim and 1931 renamed Annibal Benévolo
Notes on event

At 09.13 hours on 16 Aug 1942 the neutral Annibal Benévolo (Master Henrique Jacques Mascarenhas da Siveira) was hit aft and in the engine room by two torpedoes from U-507 and sank almost immediately 15 miles off the mouth of the River Real. The survivors clung to debris and only the master and three crew members managed to reach the shore south of the Estancia Lighthouse. 67 crew members and 83 passengers were lost.

The sinking of five Brazilian ships by U-507 with over 500 casualties within two days, led to the Brazilian declaration of war against Germany on 22 Aug 1942.


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