British Steam tanker
|Completed||1919 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland|
|Owner||Eagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||1 Oct 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-94 (Otto Ites)|
|Position||52° 50'N, 34° 40'W - Grid AK 8168|
|Complement||58 (23 dead and 35 survivors).|
|Route||Glasgow - Halifax - Curaçao|
|History||At 12.08 and 12.09 hours on 4 Mar 1940, U-29 (Schuhart) fired one torpedo each at two ships in a group of three dispersed from convoy HX-19 in grid BF 2135 and observed a hit on the Pacific Reliance and a small detonation near the second (the xB-Dienst reported the sinking of the San Florentino, but the vessel was in fact not hit). |
|Notes on event|
At 23.57 hours on 1 Oct 1941 the San Florentino (Master Robert William Davis), a straggler from convoy ON-19, was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-94 southeast of Cape Farewell. The tanker had been spotted at 18.10 hours and missed by a first torpedo at 23.36 hours, but continued after being hit while firing into the direction of the U-boat.
The master, 21 crew members and one gunner from San Florentino were lost. 31 crew members and four gunners were picked up by HMCS Mayflower (K 191) (LtCdr George Stephen) and landed at St. Johns.
|On board||We have details of 33 people who were on board.|
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