Faja de Oro
Mexican Steam tanker
|Name||Faja de Oro|
|Completed||1914 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne|
|Owner||Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Tampico|
|Date of attack||21 May 1942||Nationality: Mexican|
|Fate||Sunk by U-106 (Hermann Rasch)|
|Position||23.30N, 84.24W - Grid DM 4157|
|Complement||37 (10 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania - Tampico|
|History||Completed in February 1914 as British Barneson for Bank Line Ltd (Andrew Weir & Co), Glasgow. 1915 renamed Oyleric for Andrew Weir & Co, Glasgow. 1937 sold to Italy and renamed Genoano for Ditta G.M. Barbagelata, Genoa. On 8 Dec, 1941, seized at Tampico by Mexico and renamed Faja de Oro. |
|Notes on event|
At 04.21 hours on 21 May, 1942, the unescorted and neutral Faja de Oro (Master Ramón Sánchez Mena) was hit in the foreship by one of two torpedoes from U-106 off Key West. At 04.33 hours, a first coup de grâce missed but after 20 minutes a second one hit amidships, setting the ship on fire and caused her to sink shortly afterwards. This attack was observed by U-753 (von Mannstein), which had chased the same ship but stayed away after noticing the other U-boat.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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