Ships hit by U-boats

Nueva Altagracia

Dominican Sailing ship

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NameNueva Altagracia
Type:Sailing ship
Tonnage30 tons
Date of attack16 Jun 1942Nationality:      Dominican
FateSunk by U-161 (Albrecht Achilles)
Position13° 27'N, 68° 35'W - Grid EC 6993
Complement8 (0 dead and 8 survivors).
RouteSan Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic - Curaçao 
CargoVegetables and fruits 
Notes on event

At 14.10 hours on 16 June 1942 the Nueva Altagracia was stopped by gunfire from U-161 and was sunk by scuttling charges, after the crew, their lifeboat, fresh fruits and chickens were taken aboard. The Germans intended to release the survivors closer to the coast, but the next day they encountered another Dominician sailing ship, the Comercio. More fruits were taken aboard the U-boat and the remaining cargo of fruits and maize was thrown overboard. The vessel was then released together with the crew of the other sailing ship, arriving in Curaçao on 17 June.


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