Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,074 tons
Completed1917 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerSouth Atlantic Steamship Co, Savannah GA 
Date of attack2 Oct 1942Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-175 (Heinrich Bruns)
Position8° 24'N, 59° 12'W - Grid EO 1455
Complement49 (6 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteParamaribo - Trinidad 
Cargo3348 tons of bauxite 
History Completed in October 1917 as War Trefoil for the Shipping Controller, managed by T. Dixon & Sons. 1919 sold to Italy and renamed San Giuseppe for Ravano & Corrado, Genoa. 1929 sold to Soc Anon per l´Industria ed il Commerico Marittimo ´Nova Genuensis´, Genoa. On 3 Sep 1941, seized in Norfolk by the US Government, registered in Panama as Aneroid by the US Maritime Commission and operated by South Atlantic SS Co, Savannah GA. 
Notes on event

At 10.54 hours on 2 Oct 1942 the unescorted Aneroid (Master Ingvald Kristian Johannessen Eide) was hit by one G7a torpedo from U-175 on the starboard side at #4 hatch just abaft the engine room. The explosion opened a huge hole in the bulkhead between #4 and #5 hold causing this hold to flood. At 11.15 hours she sank by the stern about 130 miles off Georgetown. Five crew members and one armed guard died. The boats #2 and #4 had both problems during launching and swamped. The occupants were picked up by the boat #1, which was launched earlier. The boat #3 in command of the master with 25 crewmen and four armed guards was picked up by the Yugoslavian steam merchant Ivan at 23.00 hours on 2 October and landed at Georgetown. The occupants of boat #1, ten crewmen and four armed guards were picked up by the Hondurian steam merchant Olambala at 14.00 hours on 4 October and were landed at Paramaribo five days later.

On boardWe have details of 21 people who were on board

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