Ships hit by U-boats


Canadian Motor tanker

Glenbow Museum Archives Photograph #IP-2d-4d

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage11,941 tons
Completed1929 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerImperial Oil Shipping Co Ltd, Toronto 
Date of attack9 May 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-125 (Ulrich Folkers)
Position19° 24'N, 82° 30'W - Grid DM 7919
Complement45 (0 dead and 45 survivors).
RouteNew York (30 Apr) - Cartagena, Colombia 
History Completed in July 1929 
Notes on event

At 20.12 hours on 9 May 1942 the unescorted Calgarolite (Master Thomas J. Mountain) was hit by two torpedoes from U-125 about 50 miles southwest of Grand Cayman Island. The tanker developed a list to port while the crew abandoned ship and was struck underneath the funnel by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 20.39 hours. She settled by the stern but did not sink, so the U-boat used its AA guns to fire holes into the tanks for about one hour until the ship sank at 21.59 hours. The master and 21 crew members landed at Isla de Pinos, Cuba on 13 May. The chief officer and 22 crew members landed at Isla Mujeres, Mexico on 12 May.

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