Ships hit by U-boats

Gonçalves Dias

Brazilian Steam merchant

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NameGonçalves Dias
Type:Steam merchant (Hog Island)
Tonnage4,996 tons
Completed1920 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA 
OwnerCia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack24 May 1942Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)
Position16° 09'N, 70° 00'W - Grid EC 6148
Complement45 (6 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteRio de Janeiro - Pernambuco - New Orleans 
CargoGeneral cargo, including coffee 
History Laid down as Casanova, completed in October 1920 as Argosy for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 1938 renamed Mormacsun for Moore-McCormack Lines Inc, New York. 1940 sold to Brazil and renamed Gonçalves Dias
Notes on event

At 13.15 hours on 24 May 1942 the unescorted and neutral Gonçalves Dias (Master João Batista Gomes de Figueiredo) was hit by two torpedoes from U-502 and sank about 100 miles south of Ciudad Trujillo. The master and five crew members were lost. The Germans attacked because the ship was armed with a 120mm gun and was identified as Brazilian only after the attack when the survivors were questioned.

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