Brazilian Steam merchant
|Completed||1909 - Joh.C. Tecklenborg AG Schiffswerft u. Maschinenfabrik, Wesermünde|
|Owner||Cia de Navegação Lloyd Brasileiro, Rio de Janeiro|
|Homeport||Rio de Janeiro|
|Date of attack||28 Jul 1942||Nationality: Brazilian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)|
|Position||13° 10'N, 56° 00'W - Grid EE 8133|
|Complement||62 (6 dead and 56 survivors).|
|Route||Santos - Recife - Port of Spain, Trinidad - New York|
|Cargo||5000 tons of general cargo, including coffee, castor seed, dried beans and caroa fibre|
|History||Completed in December 1909 as German Gundrun for Hamburg-Bremer Afrika Linie AG, Bremen. 1915 interned at Pernambuco. 1917 seized by Brazil and renamed Barbacena. |
|Notes on event|
At 07.15 hours on 28 July 1942 the unescorted Barbacena (Master Aécio Teixeira da Cunha) was hit by two torpedoes from U-155 and sank within 20 minutes. Piening had first spotted the ship about 10 hours earlier and attacked the ship because she was armed with one 12cm gun. A first attack with a spread of two torpedoes had missed at 01.49 hours. The survivors abandoned ship in four lifeboats, they were picked up by the Argentinean steam tanker Tacito, Elmdale and San Fabian and one made landfall at Tobago Island.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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