American Motor fishing vessel
|Type:||Motor fishing vessel|
|Completed||1902 - Wit, North Carolina|
|Owner||Miami Fish & Ice Co, Miami FL|
|Date of attack||16 Jul 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-166 (Hans-Günther Kuhlmann)|
|Position||23° 32'N, 82° 00'W - Grid DM 34|
|Complement||3 (0 dead and 3 survivors).|
|Route||Miami, Florida - Havana, Cuba|
|Cargo||20 tons of onions|
|Notes on event|
About 09.00 hours on 16 July 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Gertrude (Master Walter Broward Crosland) was ordered to stop by U-166 about 30 miles northeast of Havana, Cuba. The crew was asked to abandon ship and they left immediately in a 14-foot motorboat. U-166 then sank the trawler by gunfire or by a scuttling charge. The motorboat with the crew ran out of fuel before reaching shore and drifted for 78 hours before being spotted by a Civil Air Patrol aircraft about three miles south of Alligator Reef Lighthouse. A boat out of Whale Harbor brought the three men ashore.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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