Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam tanker

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Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,003 tons
Completed1917 - Union Iron Works, San Francisco CA 
OwnerSocony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack25 Jun 1943Nationality:      American
FateDamaged by U-513 (Friedrich Guggenberger)
Position23° 07'S, 41° 53'W - Grid GB 15
Complement53 (0 dead and 53 survivors).
RouteRio de Janeiro (24 Jun) - Bahia, Brazil 
Cargo2000 tons of water ballast 
History Built as Eagle 1918 renamed Peerless 1919 renamed Eagle 
Notes on event

At 03.50 hours on 25 June 1943 the unescorted Eagle (Master Albert James Beck) was attacked by U-513 approximately eight miles southeast of Cape Frio, Brazil. The first torpedo fired passed under the tanker amidships. Three minutes later a second torpedo struck the port forepeak and flooded the forward pump room and other portions of the ship. The master ordered the engines full speed astern and to steer hard right rudder, this maneuver caused a third torpedo to pass astern 15 feet away. The armed guards fired four shots from the 4in stern gun (the ship was also armed with two .30cal guns) to keep the U-boat submerged. There were no casualties among the crew of eight officers, 33 men and twelve armed guards. The Eagle zigzagged back to Rio de Janeiro, where she received temporary repairs and later proceeded to Aruba for cargo and then to a US port, where permanent repairs were made in February 1944. In April 1944 she was turned over to the Free French for use in the Mediterranean Sea.

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