Ships hit by U-boats


Ruben Dario

American Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of Charles Ellis III

NameRuben Dario
Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,198 tons
Completed1944 - Southeastern Shipbuilding Co, Savannah GA 
OwnerInternational Freighting Co Inc, New York 
HomeportSavannah 
Date of attack27 Jan 1945Nationality:      American
 
FateDamaged by U-825 (Gerhard Stoelker)
Position52° 35'N, 5° 18'W - Grid AM 9496
Complement73 (0 dead and 73 survivors).
ConvoyHX-332
RouteNew York (13 Jan) - Manchester 
Cargo8026 tons of grain and a deck cargo of gliders 
History Completed in July 1944

Post-war:
1963 scrapped at Philadelphia. 
Notes on event

On 27 January 1945 U-825 fired torpedoes at convoy HX-332 off Cardigan Bay after it formed two columns to enter the St. George’s Channel and reported three detonations and one ship probably sunk. In fact, Solør and Ruben Dario were hit by one torpedo each.

The Ruben Dario (Master Ernest Frederick Carlsson) in station #16 was hit on the starboard side in the #2 hold. The explosion destroyed the bulkhead between #1 and #2 holds and caused the flooding of both holds. When the ship settled by the bow the engines were secured, but after a survey the ship got underway again at 9 knots, rejoined convoy after three hours and the next day arrived at Liverpool, where she was repaired and returned to service. Only one crewman of the nine officers, 32 crewmen, 27 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 5in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) and five passengers on board was injured, he was lying on the #2 hatch when the torpedo hit.

 
On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

ship damaged.


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