Wednesday, 1 February 2017

British oil tanker San Gerardo arrived at Montevideo, Uruguay with survivors of German cargo ship Olinda according to the Dutch newspaper Nieuwsblad van Friesland dated Wednesday 6 September 1939

HMS Ajax

An item dated Montevideo, Uruguay 5th reported the arrival of the British oil tanker San Gerardo with on board 40 persons taken over the German cargo ship Olinda. The latter ship was in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean sunk on last Sunday by the British cruiser HMS Ajax.(1)

1. Building ordered on 1 October 1932, laid down at Vickers Armstrong, Barrow-in-Furness, England on 7 February 1933, launched on 1 March 1934, commissioned on 12 April 1935, participated in the Battle of Rio de Plata against the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee on 13 December 1939, decommissioned in February 1948, a sale to India was cancelled by Winston Churchill, after temporarily being grounded arrived she at Cashmore’s, Newport, England to be broken up on 18 November 1949. Pennant 22. Of the Leander-class light cruisers consisting of the Leander, Orion, Neptune, Ajax, Achilles, Amphion, Apollo and Sydney). With the Leander and the Perth-Sydney-Hobart forming sub classes. Preceded by the Emerald class and succeeded by the Arethusa-class.