Ships hit by U-boats

San Gabriel

Greek Steam merchant

San Gabriel under her former name Georgian. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameSan Gabriel
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,943 tons
Completed1920 - Downey Shipbuilding Corp, Arlington NY 
OwnerJ.A. Coulouthros & others, Piraeus 
Date of attack30 Aug 1940Nationality:      Greek
FateA total loss by U-59 (Joachim Matz)
Position56° 04'N, 9° 54'W - Grid AM 5245
Complement24 (2 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteLiverpool - St. Vincent - Buenos Aires 
History Completed in January 1920 as Clarksburg for Coastwise Transportation Co, Boston MA. 1921 renamed Georgian for American-Hawaiian SS Co, New York. 1929 renamed San Gabriel for Pacific-Atlantic SS Co (States SS Co), Portland OR. 1940 sold to Greece. 
Notes on event

At 21.34 hours on 30 Aug 1940, U-59 fired one torpedo at a ship in the second line of convoy OB-205 and missed, but the torpedo struck the San Gabriel proceeding behind the target. The survivors abandoned ship and were picked up by HMS Warwick (D 25) (LtCdr M.A.G. Child, RN). The ship was later taken in tow by the tug HMS Thames, arrived at the River Clyde on 3 September and was beached near Cardross, where she was declared a total loss.


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