Ships hit by U-boats

Gonçalo Velho

Portuguese Steam merchant

Gonçalo Velho under her former name Balboa. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameGonçalo Velho
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,595 tons
Completed1913 - Murdoch & Murray Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerCia de Navegação Carregadores Açoreanos, São Miguel, Azores 
HomeportPunta Delgada 
Date of attack8 Nov 1940Nationality:      Portuguese
FateDamaged by U-47 (Günther Prien)
Position52° 30'N, 17° 30'W - Grid AL 9533
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
Routeto Oporto 
History Completed in March 1913 as Linmere for Watson SS Co Ltd, Manchester. 1923 renamed Balboa for MacAndrews & Co Ltd, London. 1928 sold to Portugal and renamed Gonçalo Velho for Cia de Navegação Carregadores Açoreanos, São Miguel, Azores.

1949 sold to Italy and renamed Generoso for San Giorgio. Broken up in La Spezia in March 1963. 
Notes on event

At 13.47 hours on 8 Nov 1940, U-47 tried to stop the neutral Gonçalo Velho (Master Joel Gomes) by a shot over the vessel with the deck gun. The ship slowed down and prepared to launch a boat, but steered towards the U-boat so they fired two more warning shots to force the ship to stop immediately. One of them hit the stem and damaged her slightly. The master boarded the U-boat with the papers of the ship. After one hour she was allowed to proceed because no contraband could be found.


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