Italian submarine fates
Ships hit by Italian submarines
|Date of attack||3 Mar 1943||Time||2344|
|Fate||Sunk by submarine Barbarigo (T.V. Roberto Rigoli)|
|Position of attack||16° 19'S, 36° 45'W|
|Complement||84 (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.