British Steam tanker
|Completed||1927 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast|
|Owner||Lago Shipping Co Ltd (Esso), London|
|Date of attack||16 Feb 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-156 (Werner Hartenstein)|
|Position||12° 25'N, 69° 55'W - Grid EC 9287|
|Complement||25 (15 dead and 10 survivors).|
|Route||Maracaibo, Venezuela - San Nicholas, Aruba|
|History||Completed in September 1927 |
|Notes on event|
On 16 Feb 1942, U-156 commenced Operation Neuland with an attack on Aruba in the Caribbean. Around 08.00 hours, the U-boat attacked two tankers lying at anchor in the roads of San Nicholas harbour, hitting Pedernales and Oranjestad. At 08.11 hours, U-156 began to shell the Lago oil refinery at San Nicholas (more details can be found here).
The Oranjestad (Master Herbert Morgan) was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo at 08.03 hours, caught fire and sank after about one hour. 15 crew members were lost. The master and nine crew members were rescued by harbour craft.
|On board||We have details of 17 people who were on board.|
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