chilean Cia. Sud Americana De Vapores - CSAV SS Tolten (+1942)
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nationality chilean
purpose transport
type cargo ship
propulsion steam
date built 1938
is nickname no
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weight (tons) 1858  grt
dimensions 90.9 x 13.3 x 5.3 m
material steel
engine Compound expansion engines & L.P. turbine, single shaft, 1 screw
power 231  n.h.p.
speed 12.5  knots
yard no. 58
about the loss
cause lost torpedo
date lost 13/03/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.25rank: 628
about people
Aalborg Værft A/S, Aalborg
engine by
Helsingors Jernskibs Og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Helsingør (Elsinore - Helsingor)
last owner
[1]Cia. Sud Americana De Vapores - CSAV, Valparaiso
SS Tolten (+1942)
period 1941 ~ 1942
prev. owners
[2]Lauritzen J. - Vesterhavet Dampskibsselskabet, Esbjerg
SS Lotta
period 1938 ~ 1941
call sign: 
captain Ramirez, Aquilez
no. of crew 27
about the wreck
depth (m.) -- max. / 9.8 min. (m)
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entered by Allen Tony
entered 27/12/2007
last update Vleggeert Nico
last update 30/11/2013
[1] Jan Lettens19/12/2012
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Allen Tony13/03/2009Tolten SS was a Chilean Cargo Steamer of 1,858 tons built in 1938 by Aalborg Vft, Aalborg, Denmark forA/S D/S Vesterhavet (J.Lauritzen), Esbjerg as the LOTTA. In 1941 she was renamed TOLTEN SS when purchased by the Chilean Government. On the 13th March 1942 when on route from BALTIMORE for NEW YORK in ballast she was torpedoed by German submarine U-404 and sunk. 2 crew saved from a total of 27.
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Claes Johnny13/03/2008At 06.43 hours on 13 Mar, 1942, the neutral and unescorted Tolten (Master Aquiles Ramirez) was hit near the bridge by one torpedo from U-404 and sank within 6 minutes 32 miles off Barnegat, New Jersey. The Germans reported that the ship was zigzagging in a darkened condition and was identified as Chilean ship only after the attack, in fact the master had been ordered to proceed without lights by apatrol vessel only a few hours prior to the attack.

The only survivor, electrician Julio Faust, was blown overboard, managed to swim to a loose raft and passed out. He was first spotted by an aircraft in 39°50N/73°40W, later by the US Navy blimp L-2 from Lakehurst and finally picked up after 12 hours by USS Larch (AN 21) and taken to the marine hospital at Stapleton, Staten Island. This sinking l et to a harsh diplomatic reaction by the foreign minister of Chile and demonstrations against Germany, assisted by US propaganda, but unlike the declaration of war after U-boat attacks on Brazilian ships no further steps were undertaken.
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