Ships hit by U-boats


Spanish Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,008 tons
Completed1920 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerM.M. de Pinillos, Cadiz 
Date of attack10 Feb 1943Nationality:      Spanish
FateDamaged by U-118 (Werner Czygan)
Position35° 55'N, 5° 50'W - Grid CG 85
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
RouteBarcelona - Ceuta - Cadiz 
History Completed in February 1920 as Monassir for Khedivial Mail SS & Graving Dock Co Ltd, London. 1922 renamed Switzerland for Leith, Hull & Hamburg SP Co Ltd (J. Currie & Co), London. 1928 renamed Duero for M.M. de Pinillos, Cadiz.
During the Spanish Civil war (1936 - 1939) renamed Urbi under Spanish Republican flag. 1939 returned to owner and renamed Duero.
1944 sold to Cia Maritima Frutera, Cadiz.

On 26 Jul 1953, the Duero collided in dense fog with the British steam merchant Culrain (ex Empire Darwin) in the Strait of Gibraltar and sank within one hour in 35°37N/05°25W due to a hole in the #3 hold. No casualties among the 27 crew members and one passenger on board the Duero. The Culrain was only slight damaged and suffered no casualties. The survivors were picked up by the British ship and later transferred to the British destroyer HMS Daring (D 05). The ship was en route from Alicante to Las Palmas with general cargo, while the British ship was en passage from Middlesborough to Bone, Algeria. 
Notes on event

On 10 Feb 1943 the Duero struck a mine laid on 1 February by U-118 and was damaged.


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