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Buena Ventura AK

Buena Ventura

Buena Ventura is a city in Colombia and Cuba.

(AK: T. 4881; 1. 405'; b. 52'5"; dr. 25'; s. 10.5 k.; cpl. 93; a. 15")

Buena Ventura (No. 1335), a cargo vessel, was launched in 1913 by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., Howden-on-Tyne, England; requisitioned by the Shipping Board for Army use; transferred to the Navy 25 July 1918; commissioned 26 July 1918, Lieutenant Commander H. Fitzsimons, USNRF, in command; and reported to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service.

On 9 August 1918 she sailed for New York to join a convoy departing on the 13th. On 14 September, after unloading her cargo at LaPallice, Royan, and Bordeaux, France, she sailed in a convoy bound for Philadelphia. Two days out of port the convoy was attacked by the German submarine U-46 and Buena Ventura was hit by two torpedoes at 2045. She was abandoned and sank a few minutes later with the loss of 19 men.