Chilean Steam merchant
|Completed||1938 - Aalborg Vĉrft A/S, Aalborg|
|Owner||Cia Sud Americana de Vapores, Valparaiso|
|Date of attack||13 Mar 1942||Nationality: Chilean|
|Fate||Sunk by U-404 (Otto von Bülow)|
|Position||40.10N, 73.50W - Grid CA 5241|
|Complement||27 (26 dead and 1 survivor).|
|Route||Baltimore - New York|
|History||Completed in June 1938 as Danish Lotta for A/S D/S Vesterhavet (J. Lauritzen), Esbjerg. In April 1940 laid up at Talcahuano, Chile. On 16 Feb, 1941, seized by the Chilean Government and later renamed Tolten. |
|Notes on loss|
At 06.43 hours on 13 Mar, 1942, the neutral and unescorted Tolten (Master Aquiles Ramirez) was hit near the bridge by one torpedo from U-404 and sank within 6 minutes 32 miles off Barnegat, New Jersey. The Germans reported that the ship was zigzagging in a darkened condition and was identified as Chilean ship only after the attack, in fact the master had been ordered to proceed without lights by a patrol vessel only a few hours prior to the attack. The only survivor, electrician Julio Faust, was blown overboard, managed to swim to a loose raft and passed out. He was first spotted by an aircraft in 39°50N/73°40W, later by the US Navy blimp L-2 from Lakehurst and finally picked up after 12 hours by USS Larch (AN 21) and taken to the marine hospital at Stapleton, Staten Island.
This sinking let to a harsh diplomatic reaction by the foreign minister of Chile and demonstrations against Germany, assisted by US propaganda, but unlike the declaration of war after U-boat attacks on Brazilian ships no further steps were undertaken.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 2 people who were on this vessel|
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