Ships hit by U-boats

San Arcadio

British Motor tanker

NameSan Arcadio
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,419 tons
Completed1935 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerEagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack31 Jan 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)
Position38° 10'N, 63° 50'W - Grid CB 5478
Complement50 (41 dead and 9 survivors).
RouteHouston - Halifax - Mersey 
Cargo6600 tons of gas oil and 3300 tons of lubricating oil 
History Completed in April 1935 
Notes on event

At 16.45 hours on 31 Jan 1942 the unescorted San Arcadio (Master Walter Frederick Flynn) was hit in the bow by two torpedoes from U-107 north of Bermuda and caught fire. The U-boat surfaced after a coup de grĂ¢ce hit in the engine room at 18.51 hours and caused the tanker to break in two. The Germans fired 24 rounds from the deck gun at the stern without scoring a hit and then left the area. The master, 37 crew members and three gunners were lost. Seven crew members and two gunners were rescued by a Mariner flying boat (VP-74 USN) and landed at Bermuda.

On boardWe have details of 44 people who were on board

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