Ships hit by U-boats


Brazilian Steam merchant

Tutoya under her former name Mitcham. Photo courtesy of Clive Ketley

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,125 tons
Completed1913 - William Dobson & Co, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerCia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack1 Jul 1943Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-513 (Friedrich Guggenberger)
Position24° 43'S, 47° 19'W - Grid GB 16
Complement37 (7 dead and 30 survivors).
RouteParanaguá - Santos 
Cargo750 tons of general cargo, including coffee, lumber, potatoes and salted meat 
History Completed in October 1913 as British Mitcham for Wandsworth, Wimbledon & Epsom District Gas Co, London. 1927 sold to Brazil and renamed Uno for Cia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro. 1930 renamed Tutoya for the same owner. 
Notes on event

Shortly after midnight on 1 July 1943 the unescorted Tutoya (Master Acácio de Araújo Faria) was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-513 and sank by the bow with a heavy list to port in a few minutes about 6 miles from Iguape, São Paulo. The U-boat had chased another steamer, but lost contact in a rain squall and while searching for it found the much smaller Tutoya. The master and six crew members were lost. 17 survivors in a lifeboat and 6 men on a raft made landfall at the coast near Jureia and a second boat with 7 occupants was towed into the harbour of Santos by a motorboat.

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