Italian submarine fates

Ships hit by Italian submarines

Stag Hound

TypeCargo ship
CountryAmerican American

Date of attack3 Mar 1943Time2344
2245Z (e)
FateSunk by submarine Barbarigo (T.V. Roberto Rigoli)
Position of attack16° 19'S, 36° 45'W
Complement84 (no casualties, 84 survivors)
Notes At 1647 hours, a motorship (later estimated at 12,000 tons) was observed in the distance. It appeared to have spotted the submarine and tried escaping on a straight line without zigzagging, steering 230°. Barbarigo raced to intercept at 15.5 knots. However, the heat in the engine room was such, that a box of provisions was set afire. The fire was quickly extinguished without slowing down the submarine.

At 2313 hours, three torpedoes (533mm) were fired from the bow tubes at a distance of 780 metres. All three hit, but the vessel did not sink.

At 2329 hours, a torpedo (450mm) was fired from a stern tube, but it missed under.

At 2344 hours, another torpedo (450mm) from a stern tube was the coup-de-grace and the ship sank. This was the American refrigeration ship Stag Hound (8,591 GRT, built 1942) routed independently from New York to Rio de Janeiro. The crew of eighty-four were rescued by the Argentine steamer Rio Colorado and landed at Rio de Janeiro on 6th March.

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Ships hit by Italian submarines