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SHIPS SUNK PANAMA 13 - PANAMANIAN SHIPS LOST

2)BAYOU U-129




Built: 1919


Tonnage: 2,605 / 3000 tons


Owner  Sud Americano de Vapores SA, Panama


Cargo: Manganese Ore


Sunk: 28 Feb 1942  in Convoy route Rio-Trinidad -Canada by U-129 in pos.  8° 08'N, 55° 14'W 


24 dead


1 survivor


Completed in November 1919 as Lake Fairfax for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1932 transferred to the US Army Corps of Engineers and used as a suction dredger for flood control projects on the Mississippi River. 1940 returned to cargo service as Bayou for Bayou SS Corp (Smith & Johnson), New Orleans. 1941 registered in Panama.


At 07.45 hours on 28 Feb 1942 the unescorted Bayou was hit forward by one G7a torpedo from U-129 and sank within 25 seconds about 140 miles north of Paramaribo. The U-boat had chased the ship for 18 hours and missed with a first G7a torpedo because it was a surface runner at 04.06 hours. The Germans observed a man on a raft at the sinking position but left without questioning him. At noon on 5 March, the only survivor was rescued in 07°36N 58°05W and taken to Georgetown.


 

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