Ships hit by U-boats

San Rafael

Dominican Steam merchant

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NameSan Rafael
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,973 tons
Completed1905 - G. Seebeck AG, Geestemünde 
OwnerF.B. Rexach, Trujillo 
Date of attack3 May 1942Nationality:      Dominican
FateSunk by U-125 (Ulrich Folkers)
Position18° 36'N, 79° 12'W - Grid DM 8998
Complement38 (1 dead and 37 survivors).
RouteTampa - Kingston, Jamaica 
History Completed in June 1905 as German Admiral von Tirpitz for Hamburg-Amerika Linie (HAPAG), Hamburg. 1917 seized by the US government in the Philippines and renamed Governor Forbes for Ynchausti & Co, Manila. 1920 renamed Caldas for Caribbean SS Co. 1922 renamed Corinto for Pacific Mail SS Co, New York. 1925 taken over by Panama Mail SS Co Inc, San Francisco and 1935 renamed Mayan. 1939 sold to the Dominican Republic and renamed San Rafael for F.B. Rexach, Trujillo. 
Notes on event

At 17.23 hours on 3 May 1942 the unescorted San Rafael was hit near the bridge by one torpedo from U-125 and was sunk with 32 rounds from the deck gun after the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and two rafts.


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