M V San Delfino - anyone help?

26th January 2010, 23:01
Hi! I am new to this forum so hope I have posted my thread in the right place. I am trying to find out any information about the M V San Delfino.

I believe that she was one of a number of ships owned by the Eagle Oil & Shipping Company and that she was sunk in WW2 on the 9th April 1942.

I am researching the men from our village who died in WW2 and Pumpman Robert Cummins Buist is listed as being lost at sea serving on the M V San Delfino (London).

Does anyone have any information or photographs of the San Delfino?
Thanks for you help
Best wishes

27th January 2010, 07:48
Official No 166580 San Delfino. Eagle Oil Co, M. V. 12,250 dwt. Built by Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill-on-Tees. Launched, June 28th 1938, by Mrs F. Godber. Delivered, September 29th 1938. On December 28, 1939, while under command of Capt S. Perry, she struck a mine in the River Humber, was severely damaged and beached but subsequently re-floated and repaired . On April 9th 1942, while under command of Capt A. E. Gumbleton she was torpedoed, set on fire and sunk by a German submarine off Cape Hatteras (USA) with the loss of twenty-eight lives and four injured.

see also http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/1520.html

have a look at Eagle Oil web site list of Casualties

He is commemorated on the CWGC web site


Robert Chalmers
27th February 2013, 20:57
My father TD Chalmers [born Manchester 1923 died 1978] was radio officer on the San Delfino. He recorded a ten or fifteen minute talk for Radio Manchester about the sinking which I believe I have somewhere, it that is of any interest?
Maritime77 at aol.com

28th February 2013, 00:27
Sister ship to the San Demitrio (London)?