Ships hit by U-boats


Brazilian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,801 tons
Completed1899 - Blohm & Voss, Hamburg 
OwnerCompanhia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack16 Aug 1942Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)
Position11° 50'S, 37° 00'W - Grid FJ 8285
Complement306 (270 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteRio de Janeiro - Salvador, Bahia (15 Aug) - Maceió, Alagoas - Recife 
Cargo233 passengers and troops 
History Completed in August 1899 as Tijuca for Hamburg-Südamerikanische DG, Hamburg. In August 1914 interned at Recife, Pernambuco. On 1 Jun 1917, seized by the Brazilian Government after several Brazilian merchants had been torpedoed by German U-boats and renamed Baependy
Notes on event

At 00.12 hours on 16 Aug 1942 the neutral Baependy (Master João Soares Da Silva) was hit on the starboard side by two torpedoes from U-507 and sank in less than 5 minutes about 20 miles off Aracaju. The master, 54 crew members and 215 passengers (among them the commander Major Landerico Lima, 16 officers and 125 ratings of the embarked 7th Artillery Regiment) were lost. 18 crew members and 18 passengers survived, most of them rescued themselves on a lifeboat that floated free and seven others clung to wreckage and managed to reach the nearby coast.

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.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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