Ships hit by U-boats


Portuguese Motor fishing vessel

Type:Motor fishing vessel
Tonnage632 tons
Completed1918 - Smith´s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough 
OwnerC.A. Moreira & Cia Ltda, Porto 
Date of attack15 Jan 1942Nationality:      Portuguese
FateSunk by U-203 (Rolf Mützelburg)
Position47° 03'N, 52° 45'W - Grid BB 6652
Complement18 (18 dead - no survivors)
RouteFortune, Newfoundland (14 Jan) - St. John’s - Oporto 
CargoCod fish 
History Completed in May 1918 as patrol gunboat HMS Kilkeel of the Kil class for the Royal Navy. 1920 converted to a trawler and renamed Falconer. 1929 sold to Portugal and renamed Catalina
Notes on event

At 11.34 hours on 15 January 1942 U-203 hit a ship with one G7e torpedo on port side just aft of amidships and saw how it sank within two minutes after a heavy explosion about 30 miles south of John’s, Newfoundland. Mützelburg thought that he had sunk an ammunition ship, but his victim must have been the unescorted and neutral trawler Catalina (Master Henry Thornhill).

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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