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3)ROBIN MOOR U-69




Photo. https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/lost-at-sea-on-brink-second-world-war



Built: 1919


Tonnage: 3,057 / 4,999 tons


Cargo: 5,100 tons of general cargo, including engines, steel rails from New York to Capetown and vehicles.


Sunk 21 May 41 by U-69 on pos. 06º10”N 25º40”W.


0 Dead


46 Survivors


At 05.25 hours on 21 May, 1941, the unarmed and neutral Robin Moor (Master Edward W. Myers) was stopped by blinker light by U-69 about 700 miles off the west coast of Africa. After questioning the chief mate that came aboard the U-boat, Metzler told him that he has to sink the ship according to the prize rules and ordered the crew to leave their ship in 30 minutes. The nine officers, 29 crewmen and eight passengers (four men, three women and one child) abandoned ship in four lifeboats.


At 09.49 hours, the U-boat fired a stern torpedo that hit in the port side and sank her with 30 rounds from the deck gun. The survivors were provided with rations before the Germans left the area.The boats stayed together for three days, but one of them became separated. The survivors in three boats were picked up on 2 June by a British merchant and landed at Capetown. The ten crew members and one passenger in the fourth boat were picked up on 8 June by the Brazilian Merchant Ozório in 00°16"N/37°37"W and landed at Recife Brazil. The extenuated survivors were adrift for 18 days and 813 miles. 


 By www.uboat.net



American Newspaper report the rescue of  crewmembers of Robin Moor. Clipping by www.armed-guard.com


 

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