Ships hit by U-boats

San Alberto

British Motor tanker

NameSan Alberto
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,397 tons
Completed1935 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerEagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack9 Dec 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position49° 20'N, 9° 45'W - Grid BE 3933
Complement37 (1 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteClyde - Trinidad 
History Completed in February 1935 
Notes on event

At 07.10 hours on 9 Dec 1939 the San Alberto (Master George Waite, OBE) in convoy OB-48 was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-48 about 120 miles south of Cape Clear and broke in two. She had been missed by the first two torpedoes at 06.44 and 06.46 hours. The forepart sank in 49°28N/09°51W and the stern was first reboarded but had to be abandoned in worsening weather and was scuttled by gunfire on 11 December by HMS Mackay (D 70) (Cdr G.H. Stokes, RN), which took over the master and 35 crew members of the San Alberto from the Belgian tanker Alexandre André and landed them at Plymouth. One crew member was lost.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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