British Motor tanker
|Completed||1935 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow|
|Owner||Eagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||31 Jan 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)|
|Position||38° 10'N, 63° 50'W - Grid CB 5478|
|Complement||50 (41 dead and 9 survivors).|
|Route||Houston - Halifax - Mersey|
|Cargo||6600 tons of gas oil and 3300 tons of lubricating oil|
|History||Completed in April 1935 |
|Notes on event|
At 16.45 hours on 31 Jan 1942 the unescorted San Arcadio (Master Walter Frederick Flynn) was hit in the bow by two torpedoes from U-107 north of Bermuda and caught fire. The U-boat surfaced after a coup de grâce hit in the engine room at 18.51 hours and caused the tanker to break in two. The Germans fired 24 rounds from the deck gun at the stern without scoring a hit and then left the area. The master, 37 crew members and three gunners were lost. Seven crew members and two gunners were rescued by a Mariner flying boat (VP-74 USN) and landed at Bermuda.
|On board||We have details of 44 people who were on board.|
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