Ships hit by U-boats


Colombian Sailing ship

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Type:Sailing ship
Tonnage39 tons
Date of attack18 Nov 1943Nationality:      Colombian
FateSunk by U-516 (Hans-Rutger Tillessen)
Position11° 24'N, 79° 54'W - Grid EB 8973
Complement11 (4 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteSan Andrés - Cartegena, Colombia 
Cargo21,600 coconuts, 300 bags of copra, 28 hunting rifles and 15 boxes with empty bottles 
Notes on event

At 04.55 hours on 18 Nov 1943 the unescorted and unarmed two-masted schooner Ruby was shelled without warning by U-516 about 120 miles north of Colón, Panama. The U-boat fired 30 rounds from the deck gun and left her in a sinking condition at 05.26 hours. The master, the mate and two sailors were lost. The seven survivors, all of them injured, were picked up by the Honduran steam merchant Orotava the next day and landed at Cristobal on 20 November.


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