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