Ships hit by U-boats


Brazilian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,169 tons
Completed1913 - Ailsa Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Troon 
OwnerCompanhia de Navegação Costeira, Rio de Janeiro 
HomeportRio de Janeiro 
Date of attack17 Aug 1942Nationality:      Brazilian
FateSunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)
Position13° 20'S, 38° 40'W - Grid FJ 8749
Complement181 (36 dead and 145 survivors).
RouteRio de Janeiro - Vitoria (15 Aug) - Salvador, Bahia - Pernambuco 
CargoGeneral cargo 
Notes on event

At 15.49 hours on 17 Aug 1942 the unescorted and neutral Itagiba (Master José Ricardo Nunes) was hit on the port side at #3 hold by one torpedo from U-507 about 9 miles off the São Paulo Lighthouse, Bahia. The ship carried 121 passengers, mainly soldiers returning to their garrisons in northeast Brazil. The most crew members and passengers abandoned ship in the lifeboats, but some of them were swamped when the boiler of the sinking ship exploded after 10 minutes. Ten crew members and 26 passengers were lost. At 18.03 hours, the Arará was torpedoed and sunk by U-507 just after she stopped to pick up the survivors of Itagiba. The survivors of both ships landed at the coast the next morning, went to the small village of Valença the following day and were taken to Salvador aboard the Rio Grande do Sul (C 11).

The sinking of five Brazilian ships by U-507 with over 500 casualties within two days, led to the Brazilian declaration of war against Germany on 22 Aug 1942.


If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats