Ships hit by U-boats


Mexican Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Peter DeForest

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,351 tons
Completed1921 - Stettiner Maschinenbau AG ´Vulcan´, Stettin 
OwnerCia Mexicana de Navegacion, Vera Cruz 
HomeportVera Cruz 
Date of attack26 Jul 1942Nationality:      Mexican
FateSunk by U-171 (Günther Pfeffer)
Position28° 23'N, 96° 08'W - Grid DA 7625
Complement45 (6 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteNew Orleans - Vera Cruz - Tampico 
CargoGeneral cargo, including newsprint, caustic soda and telephone poles 
History Completed in October 1921 as German Roland (4174 tons) for Roland Linie, Bremen. 1925 taken over by Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen and renamed Hameln in 1936. 1939 lengthened. On 1 Apr 1941, she was seized by Mexico at Vera Cruz and renamed Oaxaca
Notes on event

At 09.45 hours on 26 July 1942 the unescorted Oaxaca (Master Francisco Rodríguez Reybell) was hit on the port side in the foreship by one of two torpedoes from U-171 and sank in shallow waters off Corpus Christi, Texas. The ship had been missed by a first spread of two torpedoes.

On boardWe have details of 39 people who were on board

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