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Penelope - (1925-1935)
The "Penelope", was build in 1925 for the Baltisch-Amerikanische Petroleum-Import GmbH, Danzig.
From 1928 managed by Waried Tankschiff Rhederei GmbH, Hambrg.
In 1935 to the Panama Transport Co., Panama.
On 13.3.1942 torpedoed by the U-67 on the voyage, Carapito to Halifax.
Sunken in position 15.00 N / 64.20 W.
47 crew members where saved by the British "Iroquois", 2 men died.
( Photo thanks to Heizer )
The Miramar Ship Index for "PENELOPE"
Torpedoed and sunk 15.00 N / 64.20 W on 14.03.1942.
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
PENELOPE - 1925 DZ 2M (aft) (10½)
8,938 GRT for Baltisch-Amerik. Petroleum G.m.b.H., Danzig, 470.1 x 63.2
Tanker built by Howaldtswerke, Kiel (9) #663
1935 - Panama Transport Co., Panama, PA
Torpedoed and sunk by U 67, 14 March 1942, in 15N-64.20W, voyage Caripito - Halifax, crude oil.
Additional information from Uboat.net :
Type: Motor tanker
Tonnage: 8.436 tons
Completed: 1925 - Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel
Owner: Panama Transport Co, Panama
Date of attack: 14 Mar, 1942
Fate: Sunk by U-67 (Günther Müller-Stöckheim)
Position: 15N, 64.20W - Grid EC 5345
- See location on a map -
Complement: 49 (2 dead and 47 survivors).
Route: to Halifax
Cargo; crude oil
Notes on loss:
At 02.00 hours on 14 Mar, 1942, the unescorted Penelope was hit in the bow by one of two fired torpedoes from U-67
after being hunted for three and a half hours. The ship caught fire, stopped and the crew abandoned ship in three
lifeboats and one raft. A coup de grâce fired at 02.19 hours hit near the funnel and caused the tanker to sink,
while the oil was still burning on the surface. The U-boat went to a lifeboat, questioned the survivors and gave them
the course to Dominica before leaving the area.
When the tanker "Penelope" was torpedoed, the Navy coxswain in charge of the 10-man Armed Guard detachment was
able to identify the submarine type for the ship's captain. The U-boat captain spoke to the men in the boats; when told by
the ship's captain that the ship carried a crew of 50, the German officer corrected him, saying, "No, you have 39 and ten
US Navy gunners." He was right; the incident provided a sobering realization of how thorough the German's intelligence
information had been.