Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam tanker

Tamaulipas under her former name Hugoton. Photo courtesy of Capt. Edward C. March

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,943 tons
Completed1919 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow┬┤s Point MD 
OwnerMexican Trading & Shipping Co, New York 
Date of attack10 Apr 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position34° 25'N, 76° 00'W - Grid DC 1246
Complement37 (2 dead and 35 survivors).
RouteTampico, Mexico (2 Apr) - New York 
Cargo70.000 barrels of furnace oil 
History Built as Hugoton 1941 renamed Tamaulipas 
Notes on event

At 06.27 hours on 10 April 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Tamaulipas (Master Allan Victor Falkenberg) was hit on the starboard side by a stern torpedo from U-552 while steaming on a zigzag course at 10 knots about 18 miles northeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The torpedo struck about 15 feet abaft the midships house at the #5 tank and wrecked the bridge, broke the back and immediately began to burn. No distress signal could be send before the eight officers and 29 crewmen abandoned ship in two lifeboats. Two men drowned after they jumped overboard. The survivors were picked up by HMS Norwich City (FY 229) and landed two hours later at Morehead City, North Carolina. The tanker burned out and sank in shallow waters early the next morning.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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