Ships hit by U-boats

San Carlos

Spanish Steam merchant

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NameSan Carlos
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage223 tons
Completed1919 - J.J. Roman, Santofia 
OwnerE. Trujillo & Hnos, Santander 
Date of attack16 Dec 1940Nationality:      Spanish
FateSunk by U-37 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)
Position27° 45'N, 14° 14'W - Grid DH 9594
Complement28 (1 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteCape Juby - Canary Islands 
Notes on event

At 19.50 hours on 16 December 1940 U-37 missed the unescorted and neutral San Carlos with one torpedo about 20 miles south of Fuerteventura and decided to attack the vessel at 20.00 hours from a distance of 800 meters with the deck gun and the 37mm AA gun, but the deck gun broke down after 21 shots. The 15 crew members and 13 passengers abandoned ship in two lifeboats, but one man was lost. The Germans rowed in a dinghi to the ship and placed scuttling charges on the vessel that later sank the ship. Doing so they noticed that the fired rounds had not been able to penetrate the 20cm strong wooden hull of the ship.


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