British Motor tanker
|Completed||1942 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Owner||Eagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||17 May 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)|
|Position||11° 40'N, 62° 33'W - Grid ED 9573|
|Complement||52 (51 dead and 1 survivor).|
|Route||Curaçao (13 May) - Freetown - UK|
|Cargo||12,000 tons of benzine and paraffin|
|History||Completed in April 1942 |
|Notes on event|
At 02.17 hours on 17 May 1942 the unescorted San Victorio (Master Sidney Perry), on her maiden voyage, was hit by two torpedoes from U-155 and sank southwest of Grenada. The tanker had been spotted at 00.33 hours and missed by a first torpedo at 01.14 hours. The U-boat had to crash dive 10 minutes after the hits because a flying boat was sighted. The master, 42 crew members, seven gunners and one passenger were lost. The sole survivor, gunner Anthony Ryan, was picked up by the American patrol yacht USS Turquoise (PY 18) and landed at Trinidad.
|On board||We have details of 52 people who were on board.|
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