Brazilian Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Hog Island)|
|Completed||1920 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA|
|Owner||Cia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro|
|Homeport||Rio de Janeiro|
|Date of attack||24 May 1942||Nationality: Brazilian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)|
|Position||16° 09'N, 70° 00'W - Grid EC 6148|
|Complement||45 (6 dead and 39 survivors).|
|Route||Rio de Janeiro - Pernambuco - New Orleans|
|Cargo||General cargo, including coffee|
|History||Laid down as Casanova, completed in October 1920 as Argosy for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 1938 renamed Mormacsun for Moore-McCormack Lines Inc, New York. 1940 sold to Brazil and renamed Gonçalves Dias. |
|Notes on event|
At 13.15 hours on 24 May 1942 the unescorted and neutral Gonçalves Dias (Master João Batista Gomes de Figueiredo) was hit by two torpedoes from U-502 and sank about 100 miles south of Ciudad Trujillo. The master and five crew members were lost. The Germans attacked because the ship was armed with a 120mm gun and was identified as Brazilian only after the attack when the survivors were questioned.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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