American Steam tanker
|Completed||1919 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow´s Point MD|
|Owner||Mexican Trading & Shipping Co, New York|
|Date of attack||10 Apr 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)|
|Position||34.25N, 76.00W - Grid DC 1246|
|Complement||37 (2 dead and 35 survivors).|
|Route||Tampico, Mexico (2 Apr) - New York|
|Cargo||70.000 barrels of furnace oil|
|History||Built as Hugoton, 1941 renamed Tamaulipas |
|Notes on event|
At 06.27 hours on 10 Apr, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Tamaulipas (Master Allan Victor Falkenberg) was hit on the starboard side by a stern torpedo from U-552 while steaming on a zigzag course at 10 knots about 18 miles northeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The torpedo struck about 15 feet abaft the midships house at the #5 tank and wrecked the bridge, broke the back and immediately began to burn. No distress signal could be send before the eight officers and 29 crewmen abandoned ship in two lifeboats. Two men drowned after they jumped overboard. The survivors were picked up by HMS Norwich City (FY 229) and landed two hours later at Morehead City, North Carolina. The tanker burned out and sank in shallow waters early the next morning.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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