Brazilian Steam merchant
|Completed||1912 - Stettiner Maschinenbau AG ´Vulcan´, Stettin|
|Owner||Companhia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro|
|Homeport||Rio de Janeiro|
|Date of attack||1 Aug 1943||Nationality: Brazilian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-185 (August Maus)|
|Position||11.29S, 36.58W - Grid FJ 8372|
|Complement||134 (28 dead and 106 survivors).|
|Route||Belém - Fortaleza - Recife - Bahia - Rio de Janeiro - Santos|
|Cargo||4775 tons of general cargo, including rubber, fibre, cashew nuts, leather and cotton|
|History||Built as Sierra Nevada for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen and made in 1913 her maiden voyage from Bremen to Buenos Aires via Lisboa, Rio de Janeiro and Montevideo. In 1917 the ship was interned at Recife, shortly thereafter seized by Brazil and renamed Bagé. She was operated on the route Santos to Hamburg until Brazil declared war on the Axis powers in August 1942 and then transported Italian and German diplomats to Lisbon to be exchanged with Brazilian diplomats. |
|Notes on loss|
At 02.36 hours on 1 Aug, 1943, the Bagé (Master Arthur Monteiro Guimarães) was hit on the port side by one torpedo from U-185 and was sunk by gunfire off the Rio Real Estuary, Sergipe, Brazil. The ship had been sailing with convoy TJ-2 until she was ordered out of the convoy by the Brazilian cruiser Rio Grande do Sul because the ship was making too much smoke. The master, 19 crew members and eight passengers were lost. 87 crew members and 19 passengers survived.
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