Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Motor merchant

We don't have a picture of this vessel at this time.

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,064 tons
Completed1939 - Ă–resundsvarvet A/B, Landskrona 
OwnerCia de Navegacion y Tierras Elliot SA, Panama 
Date of attack8 Dec 1943Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-516 (Hans-Rutger Tillessen)
Position9° 50'N, 78° 55'W - Grid EL 3156
Complement27 (4 dead and 23 survivors).
RouteBarranquilla - Cristobal 
Cargo14,800 bags of coffee and 330 bundles of cinchona bark 
History Completed in March 1939 
Notes on event

At 11.15 hours on 8 December 1943 the unescorted Colombia was hit in the bow by one of two torpedoes fired by U-516 and sank about 20 miles north of San Blas Point. The survivors made landfall on Porvenir Island the next day and USS SC-1023 was sent from Cristobal to pick them up, but the ship ran aground at Mandinga Point. USS PC-466 eventually recovered the submarine chaser and both vessels returned to Cristobal with the survivors from Colombia on 11 December.


Location of attack on Colombia.

ship sunk.

If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats