Italian submarine fates
Ships hit by Italian submarines
Rupert De Larrinaga
|Date of attack||15 Jul 1941||Time||0059|
2230 GMT (e)
|Fate||Sunk by submarine Morosini (C.C. Athos Fraternale)|
|Position of attack||36° 18'N, 11° 27'W|
|Complement||44 (no casualties, 44 survivors)|
|Notes||At 1607 hours on 14 July 1941, a smoke was sighted on the horizon. Morosini took an intercepting course with the intention of attacking after dark.|
At 2345 hours, the submarine had closed on the surface to 800 metres and launched a torpedo (450mm) from a bow tube. The torpedo porpoised, breaking the surface twice, it turned to port and missed.
At 2356 hours, a second torpedo (533mm) was fired from a bow tube at a distance of 700 metres. After 32 seconds, it hit the stern section. The vessel made an SOS identifying herself as the British Rupert De Larrinaga (5,358 GRT, built 1930). She was from convoy OG.67d and was carrying coal from the Tyne to Las Palmas.
Rupert De Larrinaga was still afloat and, at 0059 hours, Morosini fired a third torpedo (533mm), this time from a stern tube. It hit after 23 seconds and the vessel sank at 0105 hours. All her crew of forty-four were rescued by the Spanish steamer Campeche (MARICOSOM reported it as the Spanish steamer Caceres but this was an error).