British Motor tanker
|Completed||1936 - Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel|
|Owner||Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||3 Aug 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)|
|Position||11° 35'N, 56° 51'W - Grid EE 9476|
|Complement||59 (48 dead and 11 survivors).|
|Route||Curaçao - Trinidad (1 Aug) - Capetown|
|Cargo||8000 tons of crude oil|
|History||Completed in August 1936 |
|Notes on event|
At 22.20 hours on 3 August 1942 the unescorted Tricula (Master Oswald Eustace Sparrow), dispersed from convoy E-6, was hit by three torpedoes from U-108 and sank rapidly about 250 miles northeast of Trinidad. The U-boat had chased another tanker since 14.40 hours, when they came across two unescorted ships and the commander decided to let the first ship escape. After sinking the Tricula, the U-boat surfaced to chase the other freighter but it was already out of sight. The master, 42 crew members, four gunners and one passenger were lost. Eight crew members, two gunners and one passenger were picked up by the Argentinian steam merchant Rio San Juan and landed at Fernando, Cuba.
|On board||We have details of 48 people who were on board.|
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