Italian submarine fates
Ships hit by Italian submarines
|Date of attack||20 Feb 1942||Time||0304|
2105 ATS/19 (e)
|Fate||Sunk by submarine Luigi Torelli (C.C. Antonio De Giacomo)|
|Position of attack||13° 24'N, 49° 36'W|
|Complement||73 (4 dead and 69 survivors)|
|Notes||At 1115 hours on 19th February, a vessel was sighted in 16°06' N, 50°35' W, steering 170°. She was travelling fast and the submarine took the whole day to catch up.|
At 0304 hours on the 20th, two torpedoes (533mm, S.I. type) were fired at a distance of 900 metres. Both hit the target.
At 0327 hours, Torelli fired 6 100mm rounds, but fire was checked as the ship was being abandoned (the survivors believed that fire had been directed at the W/T aerial) and she sank at 0405 hours.
This was the British Scottish Star (7,224 GRT, built 1916, ex Millais) on a voyage from London to Montevideo with 2,000 tons of general cargo. Her identity was revealed when she made an SOS.
Four were killed or missing. Sixty-nine (or 68?) were rescued (fifty-two by the light cruiser HMS Diomede). The remaining sixteen reached Barbados in lifeboat no. 2 at 1530 hours, local time, on 27th February.