Ships hit by U-boats


Brazilian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,998 tons
Completed1927 - Chantier de Normandie, Grand Quévilly, Rouen 
OwnerCia Nacional de Navegação Costeira, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack26 Sep 1943Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)
Position10° 05'S, 35° 54'W - Grid FJ 6711
Complement107 (22 dead and 85 survivors).
RouteRio de Janeiro (22 Sep) - Salvador - Recife - Belém 
Cargo600 tons of general cargo, including barrels with diesel oil and muriatic acid, 2000 boxes of beer bottles, 30,000 panels and two trucks 
History Completed in November 1927 
Notes on event

At 18.50 hours on 26 Sep 1943 the Itapagé (Master Antônio da Barra) was hit on the starboard side by two torpedoes from U-161 and sank within four minutes off Lagoa Azeda about 20 miles south of Maceió, Alagoas. 16 crew members and four passengers were lost. The master, 54 crew members and 32 passengers abandoned ship in lifeboats and made landfall at Jequiá beach, São Miguel dos Campos where they received first aid, food and clothes from the local population. Later they were transported to Maceió where 22 injured survivors were taken to a hospital. On 27 September, the crew member Domingos Silva Santos (who had survived the sinking of Arabutan) died of his wounds and was buried at Santa Casa´s cemetry the same day. Two days later, the machinist Antônio José dos Santos also died in the hospital.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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