Oranjestad was a steam tanker laid down by Harland & Wolff in Belfast, and was launched in 1927 for Lago Shipping Company in London. She served the company route between South America and Aruba extensively delivering petroleum and oil products. While she laid at anchor in San Nicholas harbor she was attacked by the German uboat U-156 under command of Korvettenkapitän Werner Hartenstein early in the morning 16. February 1942. She was hit mid ship by one torpedo and caught fire, and sank one hour later. 15 men lost their lives in the sinking. Some artifacts and her propeller was salvaged in the late 2000's, and the wreck rest today on her keel on a depth of 55 to 69 meter outside the oil refinery in Aruba. Also see the wreck of Pedernales, also attacked by U-156 that morning.

Former names:

93,2 x 15,3 x 4,3 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
2396 grt
Belfast ( UK ) 1927
London ( UK )

12° 25'N, 69° 55'W
( Source: Uboat.net )

Last updated: March 2021