Honduran Steam merchant
|Completed||1914 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland|
|Owner||Mayan SS Co (United Fruit Co), Tela|
|Date of attack||19 Jul 1942||Nationality: Honduran|
|Fate||Sunk by U-84 (Horst Uphoff)|
|Position||25° 14'N, 82° 27'W - Grid DM 1651|
|Complement||37 (3 dead and 34 survivors).|
|Route||New Orleans - Puerto Barrios, Guatemala|
|Notes on event|
At 06.45 hours on 19 July 1942 the unescorted Baja California (Master Aage Christensen) was hit by two torpedoes from U-84. The first hit at the forward end of #1 hatch on the port side and the second hit at the forward end of #3 hatch abaft the Chief Engineer´s room. She took a port list immediately and sank lying on its side in ten minutes 40 miles northeast from Rebecca Shoals. Of the 32 crewmen and five armed guards on board were three crewmen killed and the Chief Engineer and 10 others were seriously injured. The survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat and two rafts, because the other lifeboat was destroyed by the explosion. They were picked up at daylight on next day by the Cuban fishing schooner San Ignacio and were taken to Havana Naval Station arriving there on 21 July.
|On board||We have details of 16 people who were on board.|
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