Yugoslavian Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - J. Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields|
|Owner||Prekomorska Plovidba DD, Zagreb|
|Date of attack||15 May 1942||Nationality: Yugoslavian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-156 (Werner Hartenstein)|
|Position||14.50N, 52.20W - Grid EE 6621|
|Complement||72 (2 dead and 70 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Table Bay - Alexandria|
|Cargo||Military trucks, aircraft parts and oil in drums|
|History||Completed in September 1917 as British Trewidden for Hain SS Co Ltd, St. Ives. 1937 sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Kupa for Prekomorska Plovidba DD, Susak. |
|Notes on loss|
At 20.59 hours on 15 May, 1942, the zig-zagging Kupa was hit under the bridge by one torpedo from U-156 and sank by the bow in a few minutes. The U-boat had observed about six hours earlier how the vessel stopped and assumed correctly that they picked up 31 survivors and their lifeboats from Siljestad, which had been sunk at 02.54 hours by the same U-boat. Two crew members were lost. At 21.13 hours, the U-boat surfaced, questioned the survivors and fished 14 tyres from the surface before leaving the area. The lifeboats made landfall after ten days in Venezuela and Barbados.
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