Ships hit by U-boats

Las Choapas

Mexican Steam tanker

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NameLas Choapas
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage2,005 tons
Completed1898 - Delaware River Iron Shipbuilding & Engine Works, Chester PA 
OwnerPetroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), Tampico 
Date of attack27 Jun 1942Nationality:      Mexican
FateSunk by U-129 (Hans-Ludwig Witt)
Position20° 15'N, 96° 20'W - Grid DK 8299
Complement32 (4 dead and 28 survivors).
RouteMinatitlan - Tampico 
Cargo16.000 barrels of crude oil 
History Completed in December 1898 as Atlas for Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, New York. Later sold to Italy and owned by Ditta G.M. Barbagelata, Genoa. In December 1941, seized by Mexico and renamed Las Choapas
Notes on event

At 15.25 hours on 27 June 1942 the unescorted Las Choapas (Master Pedro Calderón Lozano) was hit aft by one torpedo from U-129 and sank in flames north of Tecotutla, Vera Cruz. The survivors in three lifeboats were questioned by the Germans, but the U-boat then had to submerge and leave the area when a Catalina aircraft was spotted.

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