Mexican Steam tanker
|Completed||1898 - Delaware River Iron Shipbuilding & Engine Works, Chester PA|
|Owner||Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Tampico|
|Date of attack||27 Jun 1942||Nationality: Mexican|
|Fate||Sunk by U-129 (Hans-Ludwig Witt)|
|Position||20.15N, 96.20W - Grid DK 8299|
|Complement||32 (4 dead and 28 survivors).|
|Route||Minatitlan - Tampico|
|Cargo||16.000 barrels of crude oil|
|History||Completed in December 1898 as Atlas for Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York. Later sold to Italy and owned by Ditta G.M. Barbagelata, Genoa. In December 1941, seized by Mexico and renamed Las Choapas. |
|Notes on event|
At 15.25 hours on 27 Jun, 1942, the unescorted Las Choapas (Master Pedro Calderón Lozano) was hit aft by one torpedo from U-129 and sank in flames north of Tecotutla, Vera Cruz. The survivors in three lifeboats were questioned by the Germans, but the U-boat then had to submerge and leave the area when a Catalina aircraft was spotted.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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