|Builder:||Stettiner Maschinenbau AG "Vulcan", Stettin|
|Acquired:||1936 renamed Hameln for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen|
|Owner:||Cia Mexicana de Navegacion, Vera Cruz, Mexico|
|Acquired:||Hameln was seized by Mexico in 1941 and renamed Oaxaca.|
|Tonnage:||4,351 tons |
The Oaxaca (previously the German Hameln) was a Mexican freighter that was sunk on July 26, 1942 by the German U-boat U-171, a type IX German U-Boat commanded by Oberleutnant Günther Pfeffer, a few hours after she left the port of Corpus Christi, Texas. The ship was hit by one torpedo and broke in two, sinking within three or four minutes after she was struck. Six crewmen were lost.
The wreck lies approximately 11 nautical miles (20 km) offshore from Port O'Connor,Texas, resting in 60-64 feet of water. Sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profiler investigations suggest the ship is sitting upright in two pieces on the seafloor.