Ships hit by U-boats

Tia Juana

British Steam tanker

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NameTia Juana
Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage2,395 tons
Completed1928 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Belfast 
OwnerLago Shipping Co Ltd (Esso), London 
Date of attack16 Feb 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-502 (J├╝rgen von Rosenstiel)
Position11° 50'N, 70° 30'W - Grid EC 9465
Complement26 (17 dead and 9 survivors).
RouteLake Maracaibo - Aruba 
CargoCrude oil 
History Completed in April 1928 
Notes on event

At 09.44 hours on 16 February 1942 the unescorted Tia Juana (Master George Milbanke) was hit on starboard side forward by one G7a torpedo from U-502, caught fire and sank quickly about 25 miles southwest of Punta Macolla, Venezuela. The master and 16 crew members were lost. Nine crew members were rescued and landed at Maracaibo.

On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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