Swedish Motor merchant
|Completed||1938 - A/B Lindholmens Varv, Gothenburg|
|Owner||Rederi-A/B Svenska Lloyd, Gothenburg|
|Date of attack||21 Jun 1943||Nationality: Swedish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-513 (Friedrich Guggenberger)|
|Position||25° 50'S, 38° 38'W - Grid GB 15|
|Complement||27 (0 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Bahia (18 Jun) - Buenos Aires|
|Cargo||General cargo, including tobacco, coffee, cocoa, cocoa butter and drums of vegetable oil|
At 13.18 hours on 5 Jul 1942, U-134 (Schendel) sighted the unescorted Venezia steaming on a northerly course at 13 knots and identified her when approaching for a submerged attack. Schendel saw the Swedish neutrality marking painted on her side, but was not sure about the status of the vessel and radioed the BdU for orders. After being allowed to sink her, the U-boat fired one stern torpedo at 05.13 hours on 6 July about 200 miles southeast of Wilmington, Delaware. This torpedo and a second one fired at 05.29 hours missed because the tracks were apparently spotted and evaded by the ship, which reported the attack by radio and then escaped at full speed.
|Notes on event|
On 21 June 1943 the unescorted and unarmed Venezia (Master K.B. Hansson) was hit in the bow by one torpedo from U-513 about 300 miles southeast of Rio de Janeiro. The ship stopped immediately and settled quickly with a list to starboard. After the crew of 25 and two passengers abandoned ship in two lifeboats, she was struck amidships by a second torpedo and sank in flames. The survivors set sail towards the Brazilian coast, were picked up by a British merchant ship and landed at Rio de Janeiro on 24 June.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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