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SHIPS ENGLAND - A B C

36)CHARLBURY (IT SUB)




Photo. www.photoship.co.uk


 


Built 1940


Tonnage: 4,836 / 9,366 tons


Route: Cardiff - Buenos Aires


Cargo: Coal


Sunk 29/05/42 by Italian submarine Barbarigo on pos 06º 22’S  29º 44’W 


2 Dead


40  Survivors



Clipping from Chicago Tribune June 4th 42.


Survivors said the ship was sunk some 305 miles off Brazilian coast. USS Omaha spotted a light on the horizon at 01:30, on 1 June 1942. The light was from a small lifeboat with eight surviving crewmen aboard from the sunken British merchant Charlbury. She had been heading to Buenos Aires, Argentina, when she had been attacked on 28 May, by the Italian submarine Barbarigo. The first torpedo fired by Barbarigo had missed Charlbury, at which point the submarine surfaced to attack with her 10 cm (3.9 in) deck guns before submerging again. With her second torpedo attack Barbarigo struck Charlbury which caused the merchant to sink by the stern. Omaha went on to pull another 32 survivors of the sinking from the water and transported all of the them to Recife.


Below there is a detailed report made by the The Captain of Charlbury to US Naval authorities at Recife. By Fold Three














 

 

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