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Promotheus (I) - (1903-1914)
The first "Promotheus" was build in 1903.
Build in 1903 as "Promotheus (I)" for the Deutsch-Amerikanische Petroleum-Gesellshaft, Hamburg.
Transferred to USA flag and renamed, as seen here, as "Cushing" for the Standard Oil Co., of New Jersey, Bayonne (USA).
See info below ;
RNLW - 6448 BRT / 9800 DTW - 130,14 x 16,58 x 9.28 M - 1 Triple Expansion Steam Engine - 3000 IHP,
build by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co., Yarrow. On 11.1903 launch.
On 17.03.1905 build by Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co., Yarrow. for
Deutsch-Amerikanische Petroleum-Gesellshaft, Hamburg.
In 1914 laid up in one of the USA harbours.
On 7.12.1914 sold to Standard Oil Co., of New Jersey, Bayonne (USA), renamed as "Cushing"..
In 1918 as "Chinampa" in the US registered.
On 2.10.1918 as "Tanker No. 1952" to the US-Navy.
In 1919 returned to their owner.
In 1925 sold to Cia. Navi Cisterna SA., Genova and renamed "Americano".
In 1937 Sold to Ditta G. M. Barbelegata, Genova, not renamed.
On 10.6.1940 in Tampico and taken over by Mexico and on 8.4.1941on order by the Mexican President cConfiscated.
As "Tuxpam" in service for the Petroleos Mexicanos SA, Tampico, Mexico on the voyage from Veracruz to Tampico
in ballast at position 20.15 N and 96.30 W, at 40 Miles NorthEast from Zamora torpedoed by the U-129.
"Promotheus (1)", seen here as ""Americano".
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
PROMETHEUS - 1903 GE 1T (aft) (11)
6,448 GRT for Deutsch-Amerik. Petroleum Ges., Hamburg 428.0 x 54.7
Tanker build by Palmers' SB. & Iron Co., Ltd., Newcastle (11) #766
at New York August 1914, subsequently transferred to U. S. A. flag
1914 - CUSHING Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey), Bayonne, N.J. USA 212766
10/1918 - CHINAMPA U. S. Navy requisition - Naval Overseas Transportation Service #1952
5/1919 - Standard Oil Co. (New Jersey), Bayonne, N.J.
1924 - AMERICANO Cia. Nav. Cisterna, Soc. Anon., Genoa IT 1245
1937 - Ditta G. M. Barbagelata, Genoa
Laid up at Tampico from June 1940, requisitioned there April 1941
1941 - TUXPAM Petróleos Mexicanos, S.A., Tampico MEX
Torp., shelled and sunk by U 129, 27 June 1942, in 20.15N-96.30W, voy. Veracruz - Tampico, in ballast.
Single The Miramar Ship Index for "PROMETHEUS"
1914 CUSHING - 1918 CHINAMPA -
1924 AMERICANO - 1941 TUXPAM
Torpedoed, shelled and sunk 20.15 N / 96.20 W on 27.06.1942 (8 dead)
Additional information from Uboat.net :
Type: Steam tanker
Tonnage: 7.008 tons
Completed: 1903 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow and Hebburn-on-Tyne
Owner: Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex)
Date of attack: 27 Jun, 1942
Fate:Sunk by U-129 (Hans-Ludwig Witt)
Position: 20.15N, 96.20W - Grid DK 8259
- See location on a map -
Complement:39 (8 dead and 31 survivors).
Route: Vera Cruz, Mexico - Tampico
History: Built as Prometheus, 1914 renamed Cushing, 1918 renamed Chinampa, 1924 sold to Italy and renamed Americano
for Ditta G.M. Barbagelata, Genoa. On 8 Dec, 1941, the Americano was seized at Tampico by Mexico and renamed Tuxpam.
Notes on loss: At 07.24 hours on 27 Jun, 1942, U-129 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the unescorted Tuxpam (Master Adolfo
Meza Burgos) and had to evade a circle-runner by diving, but the other torpedo hit the vessel. The tanker had settled by the stern
but did not sink, so the U-boat surfaced and opened fire with the deck gun at 08.15 hours. The ship caught fire and sank
after 52 rounds had been fired.