SS Adelfotis seen as former Cape St Columba. Photo. www.uboat.net
Tonnage: 5,838 / 9,150 dwt
Cargo: 6,785 tons of linseed.
Sunk 01/05/1943 By U 182 in position 03º 32S 21º 33W
At 14.50 hours on 1 May 1943 the unescorted Adelfotis (Master Elias Lyras) was hit on the port side by two torpedoes from U-182 while steaming on a non-evasive course at 8 knots about 540 miles southeast of St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks. The torpedoes were spotted too late to take evasive action and struck in #1 hold and between #3 and #4 holds. The crew immediately abandoned ship in three lifeboats, but one of the British gunners (the ship was armed with one 76mm Breda gun and two machine guns) fell overboard and drowned.
Two crew members had been slightly injured by debris. The vessel took a heavy list to port after the port boiler exploded, but still remained afloat. The U-boat then surfaced and began shelling the wreck from a distance of about 400 yards at 15.20 hours. Three or four of the eight rounds fired hit and caused her to sink at 15.45 hours. The Germans then questioned the survivors, filmed them and took the master as prisoner aboard, who was lost when the U-boat was sunk two weeks later.
On 8 May, 19 survivors in two lifeboats were fished out by Brazilian submarine Chaser Jaguaribe CS-56 and landed them at Fernando de Noronha Island. They were flown to Recife by Brazilian aircraft on 14 May. The 18 occupants in the boat in charge of the chief officer made landfall at Pitangui near Natal on 12 May.