Swedish Motor tanker
|Completed||1930 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Rederi-A/B Transoil (Rolf Sörman), Gothenburg|
|Date of attack||24 Jul 1943||Nationality: Swedish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-197 (Robert Bartels)|
|Position||28° 05'S, 37° 40'E - Grid KQ 4770|
|Complement||38 (0 dead and 38 survivors).|
|Route||Abadan (1 Jul) - Khasab Bay - Lourenço Marques - Durban|
|Cargo||12,855 tons of motor spirit|
|History||Completed in May 1930. On 26 Oct 1940, the Pegasus was damaged by a mine one mile south of Bar Lightvessel, River Mersey. |
|Notes on event|
At 20.00 hours on 23 July 1943 the unescorted and unarmed Pegasus (Master T. Andersson) was hit by two dud torpedoes from U-197 southwest of Madagascar. The tanker immediately increased speed to the maximum of 11 knots and tried to escape on a zigzag course, but then a torpedo track was seen to cross ahead of the ship from port to starboard at 00.30 hours on 24 July. Shortly thereafter the lookouts spotted the U-boat about 100 yards away in the bright moonlit night and the master decided to stop the engines and to abandon ship, because the tanker was not armed, not fast enough to escape and the crew in great danger as she carried a highly flammable cargo. After the crew left the ship in two lifeboats, the abandoned Pegasus was hit on the port side between tanks #2 and #3 by torpedo at 00.55 hours. The survivors remained nearby during the night and some men reboarded the ship at daylight to examine the damage. Apparently the torpedo had been a surface runner as the explosion had torn open the side plates from the deck to the bottom. The men discovered that they could not save the ship as all pipes to the engine room were destroyed, abandoned her again after half an hour and set sail towards South Africa. At 22.05 hours, the tanker exploded and sank in flames after being hit by a coup de grâce. This explosion was observed as gigantic flash on the horizon by the survivors in the lifeboats. The men were rescued after about one week by HMS Virginia (FY 031) and the SAAF crash launch R-2 and taken to Durban.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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