Italian submarine fates
Ships hit by Italian submarines
|Date of attack||18 Dec 1940||Time||0525+|
|Fate||Sunk by submarine Veniero (C.C. Manlio Petroni)|
|Position of attack||54° 24'N, 19° 04'W|
|Complement||19 (no casualties, 8 survivors)|
|Notes||At 0515 hours, Veniero sighted a merchant vessel at 3,500 metres. When the range had closed to 800 metres, a torpedo (450mm) was fired from a bow tube. It missed astern. The target was the Greek steamer Anastassia (2,883 GRT, built 1905) from convoy SC.15d on passage from Halifax to Belfast.|
At 0525 hours, Veniero had reverted course to make a stern shot (533mm) from a distance of 500 metres but and it hit amidship.
Shortly after, as Anastassia was settling very slowly, Veniero fired off three rounds, two of which hit to accelerate her sinking. In fact, she had not yet sunk as she would be found derelict on 20th December. Veniero later returned and picked up eight survivors although this was against her orders. Nineteen were killed or missing.