Ships hit by U-boats


Spanish Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,140 tons
Completed1899 - William Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 
OwnerCia Naviera Vascongada SA (Felix de Abasolo), Bilbao 
Date of attack18 Feb 1940Nationality:      Spanish
FateSunk by U-53 (Harald Grosse)
Position - Grid CG 2231
Complement29 (22 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteBona - San Juan de Nieva - Pasajes 
Cargo3400 tons of phosphates 
History Completed in July 1899 
Notes on event

At 04.20 hours on 18 Feb 1940 the neutral Banderas was torpedoed and sunk by U-53 8 miles northwest of Cabo Villano. The Germans apparently assumed that she was a straggler from the combined French convoy 65-KS/10-RS, but was in fact just heading in the same direction astern of the convoy. The survivors, two of them badly injured, were picked up by the Spanish fishing trawler Tritonia.


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