Ships hit by U-boats


Mexican Steam tanker

Tuxpam under her former name Americano

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage7,008 tons
Completed1903 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow 
OwnerPetróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) SA, Tampico 
Date of attack27 Jun 1942Nationality:      Mexican
FateSunk by U-129 (Hans-Ludwig Witt)
Position20° 15'N, 96° 20'W - Grid DK 8259
Complement39 (8 dead and 31 survivors).
RouteVera Cruz, Mexico - Tampico 
History Completed in November 1903 as Prometheus for Deutsch-Amerikanische Petroleum GmbH, Hamburg. 1914 laid up at New York and in December sold and renamed Cushing for Standard Oil Co of New Jersey, Bayonne. In September 1918 requisitioned by the US Navy as USS Chinampa (ID # 1952) for the Naval Overseas Transportation Service and returned to her owners in May 1919. 1924 sold to Italy and renamed Americano for Cia Nav. Cisterna SA, Genoa. 1937 sold to Ditta G.M. Barbagelata, Genoa. Laid up at Tampico from June 1940. On 8 Apr 1941, seized by Mexico and renamed Tuxpam
Notes on event

At 07.24 hours on 27 June 1942, U-129 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the unescorted Tuxpam (Master Adolfo Meza Burgos) about 40 miles northeast from Gutiérrez Zamora and had to evade a circle-runner by diving, but the other torpedo hit the vessel. The tanker settled by the stern but did not sink, so the U-boat surfaced and opened fire with the deck gun at 08.15 hours. The ship caught fire and sank after 52 rounds had been fired.

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