Ships hit by U-boats

Gilbert B. Walters

British Sailing ship

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NameGilbert B. Walters
Type:Sailing ship
Tonnage176 tons
Completed1919 - Smith & Rhuland Shipbuilding Ltd, Lunenburg NS 
OwnerAlbert E. Graham, Bridgetown, Barbados 
Date of attack15 Jul 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-572 (Heinz Kummetat)
Position9° 40'N, 59° 50'W - Grid EO 1198
Complement11 (0 dead and 11 survivors).
RouteGeorgetown, British Guiana (13 Jul) – Port of Spain, Trinidad 
Cargo1150 empty gasoline drums 
Notes on event

At 02.00 hours on 15 July 1943 the unescorted and unarmed Gilbert B. Walters (Master George Graham) was stopped by U-572 from astern with machine gun fire across her bow southeast of Trinidad. The eight crew members and three passengers abandon ship in two lifeboats as ordered by the Germans who then questioned them, asking about name, cargo and route. The U-boat then began shelling the schooner which sank after being hit by two rounds. One lifeboat made landfall at the east coast of Trinidad and the other landed on Tobago.

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