Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,221 tons
Completed1936 - Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel 
OwnerAnglo-Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack3 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)
Position11° 35'N, 56° 51'W - Grid EE 9476
Complement59 (48 dead and 11 survivors).
ConvoyE-6 (dispersed)
RouteCuraƧao - Trinidad (1 Aug) - Capetown 
Cargo8000 tons of crude oil 
History Completed in August 1936 
Notes on event

At 22.20 hours on 3 August 1942 the unescorted Tricula (Master Oswald Eustace Sparrow), dispersed from convoy E-6, was hit by three torpedoes from U-108 and sank rapidly about 250 miles northeast of Trinidad. The U-boat had chased another tanker since 14.40 hours, when they came across two unescorted ships and the commander decided to let the first ship escape. After sinking the Tricula, the U-boat surfaced to chase the other freighter but it was already out of sight. The master, 42 crew members, four gunners and one passenger were lost. Eight crew members, two gunners and one passenger were picked up by the Argentinian steam merchant Rio San Juan and landed at Fernando, Cuba.

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