Ships hit by U-boats

San Gerardo

British Steam tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameSan Gerardo
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage12,915 tons
Completed1922 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerEagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack31 Mar 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-71 (Walter Flachsenberg)
Position37° 33'N, 68° 22'W - Grid CA 6989
Complement57 (51 dead and 6 survivors).
RouteCuraƧao (23 Mar) - Halifax 
Cargo17,000 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in February 1922 
Notes on event

At 22.22 hours on 31 March 1942 the unescorted San Gerardo (Master Stanley Foley) was hit by two torpedoes from U-71 and sank by the stern southeast of New York. The master, 47 crew members, two gunners and one passenger (DBS) were lost. Three crew members and three gunners were picked up by the British motor tanker Regent Panther and landed at Halifax.

On boardWe have details of 57 people who were on board

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