Portuguese Steam merchant
|Completed||1907 - Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges., Flensburg|
|Owner||Companhia Colonial de Navegação, Lisbon|
|Date of attack||20 Jun 1941||Nationality: Portuguese|
|Fate||Sunk by U-123 (Reinhard Hardegen)|
|Position||34° 10'N, 11° 40'W - Grid DJ 1169|
|Complement||66 (5 dead and 61 survivors).|
|Route||Lisbon - Luanda, Angola - Mozambique|
|Cargo||General cargo, including port wine|
|History||Completed in April 1907 as Plauen for Deutsch-Australische DG, Hamburg. 1920 transferred to Britain and renamed City of Milan for Ellerman Lines Ltd, London. 1930 sold to Portugal and renamed Ganda. |
|Notes on event|
At 20.10 hours on 20 June 1941 the unescorted and neutral Ganda was hit near the engine room by one of two torpedoes from U-123 off Casablanca. After the crew abandoned ship, she was hit by a coup de grâce at 20.19 hours. When the ship settled but did not sink, the U-boat surfaced and sank her by gunfire. As the Germans approached the lifeboats for questioning they noticed their mistake of sinking a neutral ship and left. After the patrol the war diary was altered upon order of the BdU.
The second officer, the chief engineer, a crewman and two passengers were lost and 19 others wounded. The master, 46 crew members and 14 passengers abandoned ship in a motorboat and a lifeboat. The 26 occupants of the lifeboat were picked up by a ship and landed in Lisbon on 22 June. The 42 occupants of the motorboat were later picked up by a Spanish trawler about 300 miles from the coast and landed at Huelva.
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