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SHIPS HIT BRITAIN 238 * - G H I

3)GILBERT B. WALTERS U-572




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Built: 1919


Tonnage: 176 tons


Cargo: 1150 empty gasoline drums


Route: Georgetown, British Guiana – Port of Spain, Trinidad 


Sunk 15 Jul 1943 by U-572 on pos. 09° 40'N 59° 50'W 


0 Dead


11 Survivors


At 02.00 hours on 15 July 1943 the unescorted and unarmed Gilbert B. Walters (Master George Graham) was stopped by U-572 from astern with machine gun fire across her bow southeast of Trinidad. The eight crew members and three passengers abandon ship in two lifeboats as ordered by the Germans who then questioned them, asking about name, cargo and route. The U-boat then began shelling the schooner which sank after being hit by two rounds. One lifeboat made landfall at the east coast of Trinidad and the other landed on Tobago.


By Gilbert B. Walters (British Sailing ship) - Ships hit by German U-boats during WWII - uboat.net


 

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