Ships hit by U-boats


Brazilian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,772 tons
Completed1909 - Joh.C. Tecklenborg AG Schiffswerft u. Maschinenfabrik, Wesermünde 
OwnerCia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack28 Jul 1942Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position13° 10'N, 56° 00'W - Grid EE 8133
Complement62 (6 dead and 56 survivors).
RouteSantos - Recife - Port of Spain, Trinidad - New York 
Cargo5000 tons of general cargo, including coffee, castor seed, dried beans and caroa fibre 
History Completed in December 1909 as German Gundrun for Hamburg-Bremer Afrika Linie AG, Bremen. 1915 interned at Pernambuco. 1917 seized by Brazil and renamed Barbacena
Notes on event

At 07.15 hours on 28 July 1942 the unescorted Barbacena (Master Aécio Teixeira da Cunha) was hit by two torpedoes from U-155 and sank within 20 minutes. Piening had first spotted the ship about 10 hours earlier and attacked the ship because she was armed with one 12cm gun. A first attack with a spread of two torpedoes had missed at 01.49 hours. The survivors abandoned ship in four lifeboats, they were picked up by the Argentinean steam tanker Tacito, Elmdale and San Fabian and one made landfall at Tobago Island.

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