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||Grid CG 2231|
|Complement||29 (22 dead and 7 survivors).|
|Route||Bona - San Juan de Nieva - Pasajes|
|Cargo||3400 tons of phosphates|
Completed in July 1899
|Notes on event|
At 04.20 hours on 18 Feb, 1940, the neutral Banderas was torpedoed and sunk by U-53 8 miles northwest of Cabo Villano. 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.
* Estimated position shown here is based on positions of losses in a roughly the same German grid code. It may be a bit off but should give a good idea as to where the attack took place.
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