Oaxaca (ship)

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Name: Roland
Builder: Stettiner Maschinenbau AG "Vulcan", Stettin
Launched: 1921
Acquired: 1936 renamed Hameln for Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen
Fate: Seized by Mexico 1941
Name: Oaxaca
Owner: Cia Mexicana de Navegacion, Vera Cruz, Mexico
Acquired: 1941
Fate: Sunk 26 July 1942
General characteristics
Tonnage: 4,351 tons [1]

Oaxaca (previously the German Hameln) was a Mexican freighter that was sunk on July 26, 1942 by the German Type IX submarine U-171, 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. Six crewmen were lost.[2]

The wreck lies approximately 11 nautical miles (20 km) off of Port O'Connor, Texas, resting in 60 to 64 feet (18 to 20 meters) of water. Sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profiler investigations suggest the ship is sitting upright in two pieces on the seafloor.


  1. ^ uboot.net, Oaxaca, Mexican Steam Merchant
  2. ^ "La Historia" (in Spanish). Retrieved March 21, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 28°22′N 96°11′W / 28.367°N 96.183°W / 28.367; -96.183