British Motor merchant
|Completed||1920 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow|
|Owner||Pacific Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||1 May 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Damaged by U-109 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)|
|Position||28.15N, 80.20W - Grid DB 9429|
|Complement||57 (0 dead and 57 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (27 Mar) - Halifax - Hampton Roads - Valparaiso|
|Cargo||General cargo, including whisky|
|History||Completed in September 1920|
In 1945 the La Paz was sold to Construction Aggregates Co, Chicago IL and was not engaged in deep sea trading. 1947 sold to Belgium and renamed Rubens for Armement H. Vervliet, Antwerp. On 21 Jul, 1951, the ship was wrecked and burnt out south of Tokyo in position 35°13N/140°25E.
|Notes on event|
At 11.36 hours on 1 May 1942, the unescorted La Paz was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-109 in shallow waters about 10 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral. 42 crew members abandoned ship in three lifeboats, while the master and 14 crew members remained on board to save the ship. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 11.01 hours.
The La Paz was salvaged together with the cargo after being sold to US agents and passed to the US War Shipping Administration (WSA). She was towed to Jacksonville, repaired and returned to service on 7 Oct, 1942 as ship of the US Maritime Commission.
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