Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,329 tons
Completed1926 - Howaldtswerke AG, Kiel 
OwnerPanama Transport Co, Panama 
Date of attack23 Feb 1942Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-502 (Jürgen von Rosenstiel)
Position13° 00'N, 70° 45'W - Grid EC 9153
Complement41 (1 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteNew York - Hampton Roads - Aruba 
History Completed in Completed in April 1926 for Baltisch-Amerikanische Petroleum Import GmbH, Danzig. 1935 transferred to Panama Transport Co, Panama. 
Notes on event

At 10.32 hours on 23 Feb 1942, U-502 hit the unescorted Thalia with one torpedo after a spread of two torpedoes had missed at 09.37 hours. The tanker did not sink after being hit by two coups de grâce at 10.44 and 11.04 hours, so the U-boat shelled the ship from 11.54 until 12.33 hours in seven approaches with 103 rounds and left the area after she sank about 80 miles from Aruba at 13.36 hours.

On boardWe have details of 40 people who were on board

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