Ships hit by U-boats


Spanish Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,140 tons
Completed1899 - William Pickersgill & Sons, Sunderland 
OwnerCia Naviera Vascongada SA (Felix de Abasolo), Bilbao 
Date of attack18 Feb 1940Nationality:      Spanish
FateSunk by U-53 (Harald Grosse)
Position42° 51'N, 9° 26'W - Grid CG 2231
Complement29 (22 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteBona - San Juan de Nieva - Pasajes 
Cargo3400 tons of phosphates 
History Completed in July 1899. From 1937 to 1939 laid up at Preston during the Spanish Civil War. 
Notes on event

At 04.20 hours on 18 February 1940 the unescorted and neutral Banderas (Master José Antonio de Madariaga y Zabala) was torpedoed and sunk by U-53 about 8 miles west-southwest of Cape Finisterre. The Germans apparently assumed that she was a straggler from the combined French convoy 65-KS/10-RS, but was in fact just heading in the same direction astern of convoy. The survivors, two of them badly injured, were picked up by the Spanish fishing trawler Tritonia and landed at Coruna, Spain.

On boardWe have details of 22 people who were on board

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