Ships hit by U-boats

La Cordillera

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameLa Cordillera
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,185 tons
Completed1940 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerBuries Markes Ltd, London 
Date of attack5 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-163 (Kurt-Eduard Engelmann)
Position12° 02'N, 58° 04'W - Grid EE 7329
Complement41 (3 dead and 38 survivors).
RouteSuez - Capetown (15 Oct) - Trinidad - New York 
History Completed in March 1940 
Notes on event

At 16.50 hours on 5 Nov 1942 the unescorted La Cordillera (Master John Meneely) was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-163 and sank by the stern about 85 miles east of Barbados. One crew member and two gunners were lost. The Germans questioned the survivors in two lifeboats. The master, 32 crew members and five gunners landed at Carlist Bay, Barbados.

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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