Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,881 tons
Completed1928 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerT. & J. Harrison, Liverpool 
Date of attack16 Dec 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-176 (Reiner Dierksen)
Position5° 30'S, 31° 00'W - Grid FC 8474
Complement81 (66 dead and 15 survivors).
RouteMersin, Turkey - Capetown (29 Nov) - Trinidad - New York 
Cargo3000 tons of chrome ore 
Notes on event

At 21.27 hours on 16 Dec 1942 the unescorted Observer (Master John Davidson) was hit by two G7a torpedoes from U-176 and sank within 30 seconds about 350 miles east of Cabo Sao Roque, Brazil. The Germans had chased the zigzagging ship for nine hours before attacking and questioned the survivors afterwards. The master, 57 crew members and eight gunners were lost. 14 crew members and one gunner landed at Fortaleza.

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