Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

Tambour under her former name Fidra

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,827 tons
Completed1918 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad 
OwnerAlcoa SS Co, New York 
Date of attack26 Sep 1942Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-175 (Heinrich Bruns)
Position8° 50'N, 59° 50'W - Grid EO 1495
Complement32 (8 dead and 24 survivors).
RouteParamaribo - Trinidad 
Cargo2585 tons of bauxite 
History Completed in January 1918 as Swedish Lisa Brodin for Erik Brodins Rederi A/B (E. Brodin), Torö. 1922 sold to Norway and renamed Eidsfos for Gorrissen & Co A/S, Oslo. 1927 sold to Finland and renamed Fidra for Rederi-A/B Europa (D. Blidberg), Turku. On 27 Dec 1941, seized at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands by the US government, renamed Tambour and registered in Panama by the US War Shipping Administration. On 9 Jan 1942, allotted to the Alcoa SS Co under a Bareboat Charter and on 2 May on a GAA agreement at Claymont, Delaware. 
Notes on event

At 12.25 hours on 26 Sep 1942 the unescorted Tambour (Master Halfdan Morland) was hit on the starboard side between #3 and #4 hatches by one torpedo from U-175 and sank within one minute. The master and seven crew members were lost. 21 crew members and three armed guards had to abandon ship by jumping overboard and rescued themselves on rafts that floated free. The survivors were picked up the next day by the Norwegian motor merchant Thalatta and landed at Port of Spain on 28 September.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

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