Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,220 tons
Completed1918 - Albina Engine & Machine Works Inc, Portland OR 
OwnerTranspacific Steamship Co, Panama 
Date of attack23 May 1942Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position13° 12'N, 61° 20'W - Grid ED 9314
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteBermuda - St. Vincent - Trinidad 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in December 1918 as Callabasas for US Shipping Board and 1920 sold to Atlantic Fruit Co. 1929 sold to Hammond Lumber Co, San Franciso and renamed Watsonville. 1941 sold to Transpacific Steamship Co and registered in Panama. 
Notes on event

At 22.04 hours on 23 May 1942 the unescorted Watsonville was hit aft by one torpedo from U-155 and sank after 16 minutes in the St. Vincent passage.

On boardWe have details of 11 people who were on board

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