spanish Ybarra & Co. SS Cabo Tortosa (+1940)
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nationality spanish
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1921
weight (tons) 3812  grt
dimensions 100.9 x 14.6 x -- m
engine 1 triple expansion engine
speed knots
yard no. 10
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cause lost torpedo
date lost 18/09/1940  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties 0
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[1]Ybarra & Co., Sevilla
SS Cabo Tortosa (+1940)
period 1939 ~ 1940
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[2]Cia Naviera Mundiaca, Bilbao
SS Atalaya
period 1921 ~ 1939
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last update 22/11/2011
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Lettens Jan20/04/2011Alpino Bagnolini left Trapani (Sicily) on September 9th, 1940. The crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar took place on the 13th, with surface navigation at night and submerged during daylight. Having completed the crossing, the submarine was stationed off Oporto (Portugal) for war patrol. Only a day after its arrival to the assigned area, the Bagnolini sank the Gabo Tortosa, a neutral ship flying the Spanish colors and belonging to the Ybarra & Compania of Seville.

The sinking took over 90 minutes and did not cause any loss of life, but still was a regrettable incident. In fact, the Spanish vessel was signaled as having cargo destined for Great Britain, but it did not, as it was simply ferrying from Huelva to Bilbao. Lieutenant Commander Tosoni Pittoni was well intentioned to emerge and verify the identity and cargo of the ship, but smoke on the horizon forced him to make the critical decision to attack.
Dr. Zuehlke Helmer09/02/2013Am 11.3. 1936 ist die "Atalaya" (Später "Cabo Tortosa") auf dem Weg mit einer Ladung Kohlen von Emden nach Italien. Über den Lotsendampfer "Knock" bittet der Kapitän um die Abholung von 4 Blinden Passagieren. Das Borkumer MRB "August Nebeltha" holt die Menschen ab,die später in Emden der Polizei übergeben werden.

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Ybarra & Co., Sevilla

Créée par José Maria de Ybarra (Séville) et Gutiérrez de Caviedes (Bilbao) pour développer le trafic entre les deux provinces. Prend son nom définitif en 1885, et commence à donner a ses navires le nom de caps (Cabo). Forte dans le cabotage, n'a pu se maintenir durablement que sur l'Atlantioque sud. Après la fin du trafic de passagers transatlantique, a été précurseur dans les croisières vers l'Antartique, mais ne s'est pas assez vite adaptée au trafic par conteneurs. Aujoud'hui n'est plus qu'un nom commercial de la compagnie allemande qui l'a rachetée.

Created by José Maria de Ybarra (Seville) and Gutiérrez de Caviedes (Bilbao) to develop the traffic between the two provinces. Took its present name in 1885, and began to give his ship's names of capes (Cabo). Strong in cabotage, could not be maintained permanently in the Atlantiolines except south. After the end of the transatlantic passenger traffic, was a pioneer in cruises to Antarctica, but did not quickly adapted to container traffic. Today is only a trade mark of the German company that bought it.

Creada por José María de Ybarra (Sevilla) y Gutiérrez de Caviedes (Bilbao) para desarrollar el tráfico entre las dos provincias. Tomó su nombre actual en 1885, y comenzó a dar la sus barcos nombres empezando por Cabo. Fuerte en el cabotaje, no se pudo mantener de forma permanente en el Atlantico a no ser del Sur. Tras el fin del tráfico de pasajeros transatlánticos, fue pionera en cruceros a la Antártida, pero no se adaptó rápidamente al tráfico de contenedores. Hoy es sólo un nombre comercial de la empresa alemana que la compró.

Criada por José Maria de Ybarra (Sevilha) e de Gutiérrez Caviedes (Bilbao) para desenvolver o tráfego entre as duas províncias. Pegou seu nome atual em 1885, e começou a dar aos seus navios nomes começando por Cabo. Forte na cabotagem, não consiguiu se manter permanentemente no Atlántico a no ser do Sul. Após o fim do tráfego de passageiros transatlânticos, foi uma pioneira em cruzeiros para a Antártica, mas não se tem adaptado adaptado ao tráfego de contentores. Hoje é apenas um nome comercial da empresa alemã, que a comprou.

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