Ships hit by U-boats


Brazilian Steam merchant

Apalóide under her former name Nevada. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,766 tons
Completed1917 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore 
OwnerCia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack22 Nov 1942Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-163 (Kurt-Eduard Engelmann)
Position13° 28'N, 54° 42'W - Grid EE 9151
Complement56 (5 dead and 51 survivors).
ConvoyBRN-3 (dispersed)
RoutePernambuco - Trinidad - New York 
Cargo3500 tons of coffee, castor seed and general cargo 
History Completed in July 1917 as Danish Nevada for Det Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen. In April 1940 laid up at Santos and on 26 Feb 1942, seized by Brazil and renamed Apalóide
Notes on event

At 22.17 hours on 22 Nov 1942 the Apalóide, dispersed from convoy BRN-3, was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-163 east of Trinidad. The ship capsized to port and sank. When the Germans tried to question the survivors, they only followed the orders to get alongside after some machine-gun rounds were fired into the water.


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