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Hanseat - (1929-1935)
"Hanseat" was build in 1929, for the Baltisch-Amerkanische Petroleum-Import GmbH, Danzig / KR Waried
Tankschiff Rhederei GmbH, Hamburg.
1935 handed over to the Panama Transport Co., Panama (Waried was still the manager).
1939 the German crew in New York, replaced by a Danish crew.
9.3.1942 on te voyage from New York to Carapito, torpedoed by the U-126 and sunk 10 miles off Cape Maysi/Cuba.
All 38 crew members where rescued.
The Miramar Ship Index for "HANSEAT"
Torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U 126, at 20.25 N / 74.07 W on 9.03.1942.
Additional Info by Starke & Schell Registers :
HANSEAT - 1929 DZ 1M (aft)(11½)
8,499 GRT for Baltisch-Amerik. Petroleum Import G.m.b.H., Danzig, 442.0 x 64.2
Tanker built by DESCHIMAG - Werk Vulcan, Hamburg, (12) #218
1935 - Panama Transport Co., Panama, PA
Torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U 126, on 9 March 1942, in 20.25 N-74.07 W,
voyage New York - Caripito, in ballast.
Additional information from Uboat.net :
Type: Motor tanker
Tonnage: 8.241 tons
Completed: 1929 - Deschimag Werk ´Vulcan´, Hamburg
Owner: Panama Transport Co (Standard Oil Co), Panama
Date of attack: 9 Mar, 1942
Fate: Sunk by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)
Position: 20.25N, 74.07W - Grid DN 7399
- See location on a map -
Complement: 39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).
Route: New York - Caripito, Venezuela
Notes on loss:
At 13.17 hours on 9 Mar, 1942, the unescorted and unarmed Hanseat (Master Einar E.V. Brandt) was hit by two torpedoes from
U-126 10 miles north-northeast of Cape Maysi, Cuba. The first torpedo struck on the starboard side in the bow and tore holes in both
sides, the second hit simultaneously in the stern, just ahead of the propeller near the engine room. The tanker immediately settled
by the stern, due to the flooding of the engine room. The engines were stopped and distress signals were sent, before the Danish
crew abandoned ship in all four lifeboats. A short time later, the U-boat surfaced and started to shell the Hanseat for about two hours.
About 200 rounds were fired into the port side, setting the tanker ablaze.
One lifeboat had an outboard motor and reached the village of Maysi about seven hours after the attack. The men in the boat im-
mediately left aboard the Cuban motor launch Corsario to rescue the other survivors. In the meantime, the men in the remaining
lifeboats sighted the Panamanian motor tanker Pheobus (Master Hans K. Groth), en route from New York to Caripito, bearing
directly toward the burning Hanseat. Brandt hoisted a yellow flag to warn her, because they were only 7 miles away from the wreck
and they thought that the U-boat was still in the vincinity. The other tanker came near and Groth spoke to Brandt, inquiring him
about the condition of the survivors and offering assistance. Brandt told him to keep on going in order not to endanger his ship by
stopping. Groth promised to send help and proceeded on his course. By this time the last sign of smoke from the Hanseat had
dissappeared, apparently the ship was completely sunk. Two hours after leaving Maysi, the motor launch arrived at the scene
and took the three lifeboats in tow to Maysi. The survivors were then transported on the Corsario to Baracoa, Cuba and later by
bus to Havana. They were flown to Miami and were then sent by train back to New York, arriving on 24 March.