Ships hit by U-boats


Honduran Steam merchant

Photo published by permission of source Karen Ritter Burlet, New Orleans, LA

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,901 tons
Completed1927 - Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerMayan SS Co (United Fruit Co), Tela 
HomeportPuerto Cortes 
Date of attack8 Jun 1942Nationality:      Honduran
FateSunk by U-504 (Hans-Georg Friedrich Poske)
Position18° 15'N, 85° 20'W - Grid EA 3320
Complement54 (11 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteNew Orleans - Panama City (4 Jun) - Puerto Limon, Costa Rica 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in May 1927 
Notes on event

At 06.59 hours on 8 Jun 1942 the unescorted Tela (Master John Shiell) was hit on the port side in the engine room and at #3 hold by two torpedoes from U-504, caught fire and sank by the stern within five minutes. Eleven crew members were lost. The master, 38 crew members, three armed guards and one Costa Rican passenger abandoned ship in two lifeboats and two rafts and were picked up at 19.30 hours by the Port Montreal, which was herself sunk by U-68 (Merten) two days later. Two crew members from Tela died in the lifeboats and were buried at sea. On 16 June, the remaining survivors were picked up by the Colombian schooner Hiloa and landed at Cristobal the next day.

On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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