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2)PERU MoWT U-126

Photo. by  Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Built 1916

Tonnage 6,962 / 10,325 tons

Cargo: 3,001 tons of pig iron, 4,184 tons of groundnuts and 2,082 tons of general cargo 

Route: Calcutta - Capetown - Freetown - UK 

Sunk 12 NOV 41 By U-126 on pos.  01º 30’N  13º 20’W

0 Dead

50 Survivors

Completed in August 1916 as Peru for A/S Det Østasiatiske Kompagni A/S, Copenhagen. In April 1940 seized by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

At 00.42 hours on 13 Nov 1941 the unescorted Peru (Master C.V. Frederiksen) was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-126 southwest of Cape Palmas and sank at 01.45 hours after being hit in the engine room by a coup de grâce. The Germans questioned the survivors before leaving the area. The master, 42 crew members and seven gunners were picked up by the Uniwaleco and landed at Freetown on 16 November.

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