Ships hit by U-boats

Faja de Oro

Mexican Steam tanker

Faja de Oro under her former name Oyleric. Photo from

NameFaja de Oro
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,067 tons
Completed1914 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerPetroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Tampico 
Date of attack21 May 1942Nationality:      Mexican
FateSunk by U-106 (Hermann Rasch)
Position23° 30'N, 84° 24'W - Grid DM 4157
Complement37 (10 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteMarcus Hook, Pennsylvania - Tampico 
History Completed in February 1914 as British Barneson for Bank Line Ltd (Andrew Weir & Co), Glasgow. 1915 renamed Oyleric for Andrew Weir & Co, Glasgow. 1937 sold to Italy and renamed Genoano for Ditta G.M. Barbagelata, Genoa. On 8 Dec 1941, seized at Tampico by Mexico and renamed Faja de Oro
Notes on event

At 04.21 hours on 21 May 1942 the unescorted and neutral Faja de Oro (Master Ramón Sánchez Mena) was hit in the foreship by one of two torpedoes from U-106 off Key West. At 04.33 hours, a first coup de grâce missed but after 20 minutes a second one hit amidships, setting the ship on fire and caused her to sink shortly afterwards. This attack was observed by U-753 (von Mannstein), which had chased the same ship but stayed away after noticing the other U-boat.

On 1 June 1942 Mexico declared war on Germany after two Mexican tankers had been sunk by U-boats: Potrero del Llano by U-564 (Suhren) on 14 May and Faja de Oro by U-106 (Rasch) on 21 May.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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