Ships hit by U-boats


Spanish Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage4,202 tons
Completed1922 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerCia Arrendataria del Monopolio de Petroleos SA (CAMPSA), Madrid 
Date of attack13 Dec 1941Nationality:      Spanish
FateSunk by U-453 (Egon Reiner Freiherr von Schlippenbach)
Position36° 43'N, 3° 30'W - Grid CH 7434
Complement? men (3 dead and ? survivors).
RouteValencia - Aruba 
History Completed in September 1922 as Arnus for Cia General De Tabacos De Filipinas, Barcelona. 1928 renamed Badalona for Cia Arrendataria del Monopolio de Petroleos SA (CAMPSA), Madrid. Also traded as Sirius during Spanish Civil War. 
Notes on event

At 16.44 hours on 13 Dec 1941, U-453 surfaced close to the neutral Badalona east of Gibraltar and ordered her to stop, but the tanker tried to escape and used the radio until a round from the deck gun was shot across her bow. After examining the papers the crew was ordered to abandon ship because they had violated the prize rules by ignoring the order to stop. One of the lifeboats swamped during the hasty launch, drowning three of the occupants. At 18.05 hours, the tanker was hit by a torpedo and settled by the stern but remained afloat. She broke in two and sank after being hit by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 18.20 hours.


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