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SHIPS SUNK GERMANY 25* - BLOCKADEBRECHER

6)BABITONGA (SCUTTLED)




Picture provided by COASTERS & OTHER SHIPS Copyright BANGSBO MUSEUM
Built 1922
Tonnage 4,422 / 7,165 dwt 

Cargo: Diesel oil


Route.  Santos - Brest
Babitonga ex Osiris was scuttled 21/06/41 to avoid capture by HMS London on pos. 02º05”S 27º42”W
37 crewmembers were rescued as POW

On 24 April 1941, Babitonga, which had been in Santos, Brazil since the outbreak of the war, ran with 1,120 t of diesel, food and water to support the German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis. It was after Konigsberg, Rio Grande and Dresden, the fourth and last merchant ship, which was sent from the stage in Brazil to supply the German auxiliary cruiser. After supplying the Atlantis, Babitonga remained in the middle of May at the disposal of the auxiliary cruiser. On the way to a renewed meeting with the Atlantis she was discovered and shot at by the British cruiser London. The Babitonga (ex Osiris) in order to avoid capture on June 21, 1941, was scuttled on the position 2 ° 5 '0 "S, 27 ° 42' 0" W.

By wikipedia



HMS LONDON. The Royal Navy exerted a tight grip in the South Atlantic sea lanes turning the task of German merchants in  break out a very dangerous one. Only  few ships managed to pass unscathed, but just to be caught in the next run. Photo. http://www.naval-history.net/Photo06caLondon1NP.jpg



The moment when HMS London fired her guns against Babitonga. Soon she went down

 

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