Heinrich von Riedemann
Panamanian Motor tanker
|Name||Heinrich von Riedemann|
|Completed||1930 - Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack|
|Owner||Panama Transport Co (Standard Oil Co), Panama|
|Date of attack||17 Apr 1942||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)|
|Position||11° 55'N, 63° 47'W - Grid ED 8617|
|Complement||44 (0 dead and 44 survivors).|
|Route||La Guira, Venezuela (14 Apr) - Port of Spain (16 Apr) - Aruba|
|Cargo||127.041 barrels of crude oil|
|Notes on event|
At 05.23 hours on 17 April 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Heinrich von Riedemann (Master Andrew Weiler) was hit by one torpedo from U-66 on the port side in the way of #6 tank. The explosion wrecked the steering gear and the port diesel engine. The ship was pouring oil from the tank while steering circles until the other engine was stopped. 20 minutes after the hit, the ship was abandoned in three lifeboats. At 06.40 hours, another torpedo hit the ship setting her on fire, which went out after 25 minutes. At 07.55 hours, a third torpedo struck and set the ship on fire again. The tanker finally sank at 09.05 hours.
|On board||We have details of 44 people who were on board.|
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