Santa elisa: USN Ships—USS Santa Elisa (ID # 4352),

Santa elisa: USN Ships—USS Santa Elisa (ID # 4352),



Year Built


Official Number


Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock

General Type

General Cargo

Specific Type

Break Bulk



Ship Length

435 feet


63 feet

Mast Height

Net Tons

4930 tons

Gross Tons

8379 tons

Cargo Capacity

Draft, Summer

Draft, Lightweight

Displacement, Summer

Displacement, Lightweight

Immersion, Summer

Immersion, Lightweight


Sunk — No Further Info

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Historical Narrative

SS Santa Elisa was sunk by Italian Navy torpedo boats on August 13, 1942, during Operation Pedestal.   The operation was an attempt by an allied convoy to re-supply the island of Malta.

Vessel Name History



No Mission for this vessel

Historical Documents

Name Download


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Ship Imagery

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Status Cards


Date Type Name Download

(No Date) SANTA ELISA. pdf


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Shipwreck Information

Vessel Information


U.S. Maritime Commission


Grace Line

Operator Agreement

Time Charter Agreement

Flag State

United States

Incident Information

Incident Date

August 13, 1942

Use at Loss

Cargo Transportation


Sunk — No Further Info

Cause Comments

Torpedoed by Italian motorboats while en route from Newport, Wales, United Kingdom, to Malta.


World War II

Location of Incident

Mediterranean Sea

Accuracy of Incident Location

Historic 1


36° 20′ N., 11° 28′ E.

Incident Location Comments

Approximately 25 miles southeast of Cape Bon, Tunisia, and approximately 90 miles from Malta

Lives Lost


Wreck Site Information

Location of Wreck

Accuracy of Wreck Location

Wreck Location Comments

Mendoza | Wine Region Guide



A Guide to the Mendoza Region

The Wine Region of Mendoza offers a spectacular contrast between urban architecture and rugged countryside.

It is essentially the viticulture centre of the country, holding 75% of the total vineyards. Mendoza is a hot, dry, desert-like region, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and mesmerising scenery.

This region is no stranger to wine production, with the history of Mendoza dating back as early as the 16th century. Today, there is a great focus on producing powerful expressions of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Shiraz. With the combination of high-altitude wines and influence from Argentinean culture, Mendoza has managed to build itself a solid reputation for producing quality wines.

Why is the Mendoza region great for producing wine?

A combination of high altitudes, sufficient heat, natural water-sources and well-draining soil. There is no single factor that contributes to the quality of the grapes, but several combined factors that have allowed the region to flourish.

The history of Mendoza’s wine region started in the 16th century, with the region’s warm climates and nutritious soil providing the perfect conditions for vines to thrive. In the 19th century, however, the first plantations of Malbec transpired, which was the pinnacle point that emphasized what sort of wine could be produced here.
Today, these Malbec wines from Mendoza are continuously being rewarded with international awards and recognition.

In the region’s early history, producers were able to determine that the vineyards had to be established at higher altitudes, where cooler conditions can be found to ensure balance in the grapes. Along with that, the soil in these high altitudes prevented the roots from rotting and from becoming water-logged. Although the region is extremely dry and the rainfall in Mendoza is virtually non-existent, the melting snow-cap mountains offer sufficient water for the vineyards at these altitudes. These well-drained soils capture just enough water for the vines to survive.
This fusion of ideal conditions are what has made the region of Mendoza, the viticulture centre of South America.

Where can one stay in the Mendoza wine region?

In hotels, guests-houses, back-packers or resorts.

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