Ships hit by U-boats


Brazilian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,228 tons
Completed1918 - Cantieri Officine Savoia, Genoa-Cornigliano 
OwnerCia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack4 Jul 1943Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-590 (Werner Krüer)
Position0° 24'S, 47° 36'W - Grid FA 5322
Complement42 (5 dead and 37 survivors).
RouteCuraçao - Port of Spain, Trinidad - Salinas, Brazil - Cabedelo - Recife 
Cargo6000 tons of coal and 400 tons of military stores, including aircraft engines and spare parts 
History Completed in October 1918 as Italian Ansaldo Savoia I for Società Nazionale di Navigazione di Genova, Genoa. 1925 renamed Ansaldo Savoia Primo for the same owner. 1928 renamed Auctoritas for Pietro Ravano fu Marco, Genoa. In December 1941 seized by Brazil at Rio de Janeiro and renamed Pelotaslóide
Notes on event

On 19 June 1943 the Pelotaslóide (Master Jony Pereira Máximo) arrived at Trinidad in convoy GAT-68, but the authorities did not allow her to join another convoy because she had not been able to maintain the minimum speed of 6 knots and made excessive smoke. On 27 June, the single ship then continued her voyage to Recife escorted by Jacuí (CS 57) (Capitão-Tenente Carlos Roberto Perez Paquet) and Jundiaí (CS 58) (Capitão-Tenente Pedro Borges Lynch).

At 16.00 hours on 4 July, the ships arrived off Salinas and while the escorts went to Belém for refueling, the merchant ship waited for a harbour tug to be towed to a pier until her escorts returned. At 17.45 hours, the Pelotaslóide was hit on the starboard side by two torpedoes from U-590 and sank five miles north of Salinas, Brazil. The escorts immediately returned to the area, dropped depth charges on several sonar contacts and Jundiaí (CS 58) then picked up the survivors (five of them wounded).

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