American Steam tanker
|Completed||1917 - Union Iron Works, San Francisco CA|
|Owner||Socony-Vacuum Oil Co Inc, New York|
|Date of attack||25 Jun 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-513 (Friedrich Guggenberger)|
|Position||23° 07'S, 41° 53'W - Grid GB 15|
|Complement||53 (0 dead and 53 survivors).|
|Route||Rio de Janeiro (24 Jun) - Bahia, Brazil|
|Cargo||2000 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.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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