Ships hit by U-boats

Baja California

Honduran Steam merchant

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NameBaja California
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,648 tons
Completed1914 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland 
OwnerMayan SS Co (United Fruit Co), Tela 
HomeportPuerto Cortez 
Date of attack19 Jul 1942Nationality:      Honduran
FateSunk by U-84 (Horst Uphoff)
Position25° 14'N, 82° 27'W - Grid DM 1651
Complement37 (3 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteNew Orleans - Puerto Barrios, Guatemala 
CargoWar material 
Notes on event

At 06.45 hours on 19 July 1942 the unescorted Baja California (Master Aage Christensen) was hit by two torpedoes from U-84. The first hit at the forward end of #1 hatch on the port side and the second hit at the forward end of #3 hatch abaft the Chief EngineerĀ“s room. She took a port list immediately and sank lying on its side in ten minutes 40 miles northeast from Rebecca Shoals. Of the 32 crewmen and five armed guards on board were three crewmen killed and the Chief Engineer and 10 others were seriously injured. The survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat and two rafts, because the other lifeboat was destroyed by the explosion. They were picked up at daylight on next day by the Cuban fishing schooner San Ignacio and were taken to Havana Naval Station arriving there on 21 July.

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