Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam tanker

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Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage3,401 tons
Completed1943 - Barnes-Duluth Shipbuilding Co, Duluth MN 
OwnerLago Petroleum Co, Panama 
Date of attack7 Mar 1944Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-518 (Hans-Werner Offermann)
Position11° 30'N, 76° 27'W - Grid EC 7470
Complement35 (1 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteSan Nicolas, Aruba – Cristobal, Panama 
Cargo35,000 barrels of heavy boiler navy fuel oil 
History Completed in October 1943 for Creole Petroleum Corp, Panama. 
Notes on event

At 01.40 hours on 7 March 1944 the unescorted Valera (Master William Marshall Russell) was hit by a torpedo from U-518 and sank after breaking in two about 120 miles west-northwest of Barranquilla, Columbia. The master was lost. The survivors drifted several days on rafts before being picked up by a US Coast Guard vessel and taken to Panama.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

Location of attack on Valera.

ship sunk.

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