Spanish Steam merchant
|Completed||1899 - William Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland|
|Owner||Cia Naviera Vascongada SA (Felix de Abasolo), Bilbao|
|Date of attack||18 Feb 1940||Nationality: Spanish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-53 (Harald Grosse)|
|Position||42° 51'N, 9° 26'W - Grid CG 2231|
|Complement||29 (22 dead and 7 survivors).|
|Route||Bona - San Juan de Nieva - Pasajes|
|Cargo||3400 tons of phosphates|
|History||Completed in July 1899. From 1937 to 1939 laid up at Preston during the Spanish Civil War. |
|Notes on event|
At 04.20 hours on 18 February 1940 the unescorted and neutral Banderas (Master José Antonio de Madariaga y Zabala) was torpedoed and sunk by U-53 about 8 miles west-southwest of Cape Finisterre. The Germans apparently assumed that she was a straggler from the combined French convoy 65-KS/10-RS, but was in fact just heading in the same direction astern of the convoy. The survivors, two of them badly injured, were picked up by the Spanish fishing trawler Tritonia and landed at Coruna, Spain.
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