The steam tanker Pedernales was built at Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico in Italy, and was launched in 1938. She was torpedoed by the German uboat U 156 while she laid at anchor in Aruba 16. February 1942 and was broken in three parts. Two of these sections were later raised and used to put together a new ship in 1957, the Esso Pedernales. The mid ship of the wreck was left alone, and for many years it was used a a target for the Dutch air force stationed there. These exercises totally flattened out the remaining section, and the battered remains rest today on a depth of 5 to 8 meter southwest of Malmok. Also see the wreck of the tanker Oranjestad, also sunk that same day.

Former names:

108,2 x 18,4 x 5,1 m
Tons: Built: Home Port:
3945 grt
Monfalcone ( I ) 1938
London ( UK )

12.57889° N 070.05833° W
( Source: Dive Aruba )
Picture: Pedernales
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Last updated: March 2021