Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,034 tons
Completed1920 - G.M. Standifer Construction Corp, Vancouver WA 
OwnerWaterman Steamship Co, Mobile AL 
Date of attack24 Sep 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-512 (Wolfgang Schultze)
Position9° 22'N, 60° 09'W - Grid EO 1419
Complement48 (0 dead and 48 survivors).
ConvoyTRIN-12 (dispersed)
RoutePort of Spain, Trinidad - Georgetown, British Guiana 
Cargo565 tons of bauxite ore 
History Completed in July 1920 
Notes on event

At 11.03 hours on 23 September 1942 lookouts aboard the unescorted Antinous (Master Hamilton Powell), dispersed from convoy TRIN-12, spotted the conning tower of U-515 (Henke) about 900 yards away, while steering a nonevasive course southeast of Trinidad in position 08°58N/59°33W. Moments later a torpedo was spotted 100 yards off the port bow. Before the helmsman could take avoiding action, the torpedo struck the port side in the #2 hold just forward of the bridge. The explosion blew off the #2 hatch cover and opened a hole 14 feet by 18 feet and fragments of the torpedo pinched holes in the starboard side. As the ship took a 20° list, the watch secured the engines. The gun crew fired seven shots from the four inch stern gun (the ship was also armed with four .50cal and two .30cal guns) and drove the U-boat under water. 20 minutes later, the eight officers, 27 crewmen and 13 armed guards abandoned ship in three lifeboats and two rafts. About three hours after the attack, a volunteer crew reboarded the ship, but the engines could not be restarted. All hands came back on board the next morning and at 20.00 hours, HMS Zwarte Zee (W 163) took the ship in tow. After making five miles, the tug stopped to adjust the tow and to allow HMS Busy to come alongside to assist.

Just then at 18.25 hours on 24 September, U-512 fired a torpedo that struck the stopped Antinous in the #1 hold and the ship began settling immediately. The gun crew again fired seven shots at the U-boat but to no effect. 15 minutes later the crew once again abandoned the ship in three lifeboats and the tugs rescued all hands and landed them at Port of Spain on 26 September. At 21.10 hours, the Antinous finally sank by the bow about 30 miles northeast of Isla Corocero, Venezuela.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

Attack entries for Antinous

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
23 Sep 1942U-515Kptlt. Werner HenkeDamaged6,034  
24 Sep 1942U-512Kptlt. Wolfgang SchultzeSunk6,034  

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