british Eagle Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd., Eagle Tanker Co. SS San Gerardo (+1942)
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general
nationality british
purpose transport
type tanker
propulsion steam turbine
date built 1922
is nickname no
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 12915  grt
dimensions 168.4 x 20.9 x 12.8 m
material steel
engine 3 steam turbines geared to 1 screwshaft
power 913  n.h.p.
speed 10  knots
yard no. 870
IMO/Off. no. 146518
call sign
GFWK  
GFWK
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 31/03/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.51rank: 591
about people
builder
Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
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Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
owner
Eagle Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd., Eagle Tanker Co., London
captain Foley, S
complement 5
no. of crew 51
no. of passengers 1
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depth (m.)
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war grave
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[1]  plimsoll.org
[2]  uboat.net
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 04/05/2009
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 10/02/2014
 
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Allen Tony04/05/2009The British tanker San Gerardo SS, Capt. S. Foley, was some 700 miles off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, on March 31st, 1942, when she was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine U-71. Capt. Foley and 50 others were lost. The tanker was not in convoy.
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 Hocking C., Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam


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About Owners
 
Eagle Oil & Shipping Co. Ltd., Eagle Tanker Co., London

Eagle Oil and Shipping Co. was merged into Shell International Petroleum Company in 1959. In 1960 the Eagle funnel colours were replaced by those of Shell Tankers Ltd.
 
About Builders
 Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co. Ltd., Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
Original founders: Brothers Charles Mark and George Palmer from Jarrow, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. - - - Charles Palmer established a yard at Jarrow in 1851 and built its first iron collier 'The John Bowes' in the following year. It was the first ever sea-going screw collier and was built for shipping coal to London.
Palmers were also famed for building the first rolled armour plates for warships in 1854.


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