Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Darino entering Oporto in December 1927

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,351 tons
Completed1917 - Ramage & Ferguson Ltd, Leith 
OwnerEllerman & Papayanni Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack19 Nov 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-41 (Gustav-Adolf Mugler)
Position44° 12'N, 11° 07'W - Grid BF 7454
Complement27 (16 dead and 11 survivors).
RouteLisbon - Oporto - Cadiz - Liverpool - London 
Cargo1600 tons of general cargo, including port wine, sardines and tin ore 
History Completed in October 1917 
Notes on event

At 17.06 hours on 18 Nov 1939, U-41 spotted the unescorted Darino (Master William James Ethelbert Colgan) west of Cape Ortegal and fired a torpedo on the surface at 19.02 hours, but missed. The U-boat dived after the attack, but accidentially went down to 123 metres before surfacing again and then chased the vessel for four hours. At 00.43 and 01.15 hours on 19 November, a second bow torpedo and a stern torpedo missed. At 01.50 hours, the ship was hit by the fourth torpedo and sank almost immediately. The master and 15 crew members were lost. Eleven crew members were picked up by the Germans, transferred to the Italian steam merchant Caterina Gerolimich the same day and landed at Dover.

On boardWe have details of 16 people who were on board

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