Ships hit by U-boats

San Fabian

British Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameSan Fabian
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage13,031 tons
Completed1922 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerEagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack27 Aug 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-511 (Friedrich Steinhoff)
Position18° 09'N, 74° 38'W - Grid EC 1299
Complement59 (26 dead and 33 survivors).
RouteCuraƧao (25 Aug) - Key West - UK 
Cargo18,000 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in May 1922 
Notes on event

At 06.29 hours on 27 August 1942, U-511 fired a spread of four torpedoes at convoy TAW-15 about 120 miles south-southeast of Guantanamo and claimed two ships with 17,000 grt sunk and another damaged. The San Fabian and Rotterdam were sunk and the Esso Aruba was damaged.

23 crew members and three gunners from the San Fabian (Master Lionel Guy Emmott) were lost. The master, 29 crew members and three gunners were picked up by USS SC-522 and landed at Guantanamo Bay. They were brought to Charleston, South Carolina by the American motor merchant Nonsuco, arriving on 15 September.

On boardWe have details of 29 people who were on board

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