Ships hit by U-boats


Brazilian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Volker Bosse collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,472 tons
Completed1907 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerCia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack28 Sep 1942Nationality:      Brazilian
FateA total loss by U-514 (Hans-Jürgen Auffermann)
Position0° 16'N, 47° 48'W - Grid FA 2831
Complement49 (3 dead and 46 survivors).
RouteBelém, Pará (27 Sep) – Port of Spain, Trinidad - New York 
History Completed in January 1907 as German Rauenfels for DDG Hansa, Bremen. 1914 interned in Salvador, Brazil. On 2 Jun 1917, seized by the Brazilian Government and renamed Lages
Notes on event

During the night of 27/28 Sep 1942, U-514 attacked a small convoy consisting of four merchant ships escorted by USS Roe (DD 418) (Cmdr J.N. Opie, USN) while on the surface off the Amazon estuary about 130 miles north-northwest of Salinas, Pará. At 01.05 hours, the first torpedo was fired which missed the leading ship, the American steam tanker Standard Arrow. A second torpedo fired five minutes later struck and sank Ozório just when the U-boat was forced to dive after being taken under fire by the Brazilian steam merchant Imediato João Silva. U-514 surfaced shortly afterwards to overtake convoy again and at 02.07 hours fired a spread of two torpedoes which were evaded by USS Roe and missed the Lages. The destroyer immediately headed for the U-boat by following the torpedo wake, but the attacker managed to fire another torpedo from a stern torpedo tube before crash diving at 02.16 hours. This torpedo sank Lages and U-514 succeeded to retreat from the area without being attacked by the escort.

The Lages (Master Osvaldo Simões da Silva) sank by the stern in shallow waters about 20 minutes after being hit with the masts and bow still visible. Three greasers on watch below were lost. The master, 41 crew members and four gunners (the ship was armed with one 75mm and two 7mm guns) abandoned ship in the lifeboats after sending distress signals and were rescued after being spotted by a patrol aircraft the next morning.

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