Ships hit by U-boats

San Victorio

British Motor tanker

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NameSan Victorio
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,136 tons
Completed1942 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerEagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack17 May 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position11° 40'N, 62° 33'W - Grid ED 9573
Complement52 (51 dead and 1 survivor).
RouteCuraƧao (13 May) - Freetown - UK 
Cargo12,000 tons of benzine and paraffin 
History Completed in April 1942 
Notes on event

At 02.17 hours on 17 May 1942 the unescorted San Victorio (Master Sidney Perry), on her maiden voyage, was hit by two torpedoes from U-155 and sank southwest of Grenada. The tanker had been spotted at 00.33 hours and missed by a first torpedo at 01.14 hours. The U-boat had to crash dive 10 minutes after the hits because a flying boat was sighted. The master, 42 crew members, seven gunners and one passenger were lost. The sole survivor, gunner Anthony Ryan, was picked up by the American patrol yacht USS Turquoise (PY 18) and landed at Trinidad.

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