Panamanian Steam tanker
|Completed||1943 - Barnes-Duluth Shipbuilding Co, Duluth MN|
|Owner||Lago Petroleum Co, Panama|
|Date of attack||7 Mar 1944||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-518 (Hans-Werner Offermann)|
|Position||11.30N, 76.27W - Grid EC 7470|
|Complement||35 (1 dead and 34 survivors).|
|Route||San Nicolas, Aruba – Cristobal, Panama|
|Cargo||35,000 barrels of heavy boiler navy fuel oil|
|History||Completed in October 1943 for Creole Petroleum Corp, Panama. |
|Notes on event|
At 01.40 hours on 7 Mar, 1944, the unescorted Valera (Master William Marshall Russell) was hit by a torpedo from U-518 and sank after breaking in two about 120 miles west-northwest of Barranquilla, Columbia. The master was lost. The survivors drifted several days on rafts before being picked up by a US Coast Guard vessel and taken to Panama.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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