Ships hit by U-boats

Josif Stalin

Soviet Motor tanker

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NameJosif Stalin
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,745 tons
Completed1934 - Zavod No 198 (Andre Marti), Nikolaev 
OwnerSovtorgflot, Moscow 
Date of attack18 Nov 1943Nationality:      Soviet
FateDamaged by U-18 (Karl Fleige)
Position43° 51'N, 39° 14'E - Grid CL 9179
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
RouteBatumi - Tuapse 
History Completed in April 1934 as Ural, later that year renamed Josif Stalin.

At 20.34 hours on 23 June 1943, U-18 reported one hit on a steamer near Sukhumi but could not observe the result. In fact, the Josif Stalin was missed in this attack.

1962 renamed Nikolaev. 1971 sold to Japan and renamed Toyo Maru for her last voyage to the breakers yard at Kaohsiung, arriving on 5 December 1971. 
Notes on event

At 17.15 hours on 18 November 1943, U-18 fired two torpedoes at a Soviet convoy, observed two hits on the Josif Stalin about 14 miles west-northwest of Lazarevskoje and reported the sinking of the ship after 20 minutes. However the crew managed to extinguish a fire aboard the tanker and continued to Tuapse at 6 knots, but could not enter the port due to the increased draft. On 20 November, the ship was towed back to Batumi where she was repaired and returned to service.


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