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INFORMATION NEEDED ABOUT LAKE TANKER "VALERA"
At 0140, 07 March, 1944, Valera, one of Lago’s lake tankers, was torpedoed
and split in half by a German submarine (U-518), off Barranquilla, Columbia. Her
position was approximately 11° 30’ N, 76° 27’ W – Grid EC 7470. Valera was a
3401 gross ton tanker built by Walter Butler Shipbuilders Inc., Duluth, MN in
1943 and was owned by Lago Petroleum Co., Panama, at the time of the sinking.
355’ in length, with a 60’ beam, Valera had a draft of 15’ ¾” and a depth of 17’
6”. The ship, with a full load of Navy fuel oil, was enroute Cristobal, Panama
from Aruba. The ship’s Mate (Capt. Russell) was killed, but the remaining 34
survived. My father, Captain Henry John Turner, sailing as First Mate, spent
several days with other survivors, drifting on a raft before being rescued by a
U.S. Coast Guard vessel and taken to Panama where he spent a month in recovery
at Margarita Hospital.
My wife and her uncles have been telling me stories about Aruba for a long time, particularly about what life was like during the 50's and 60's.
Driving through the Lago Colony, you sense the vibe which hangs there. It is like time stood still in a way....but it very much impressed me. It was unlike anything I had ever see.
Anyway, to make a long story short we are thinking of buying a second home.
Anyway, on the way back to Holland yesterday I gave it some thought, what it would be like (also for our family) to own a house on Aruba, and particularly in the area of the Lago Colony because of it's unique location and history.
What can you tell me about the old Lago houses? Are they for sale to be fixed up? Are there any for sale at the present time? What kind of a price are we looking at?