Soviet Submarine depot ship
|Type:||Submarine depot ship|
|Completed||1928 - Zavod No 190 (A. Zhdanov), Leningrad|
|Owner||Severnyj Flot (Northern Fleet)|
|Date of attack||26 Aug 1941||Nationality: Soviet|
|Fate||A total loss by U-571 (Helmut Möhlmann)|
|Position||70.08N, 36.03E - Grid AC 8915|
|Complement||? men (? dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Murmansk - Archangelsk|
|History||Completed in October 1928 as motor passenger ship Yan Rudzutak for the Baltic Office of Sovtorgflot (STF-BGK). 1937 renamed Marija Uljanova for Baltijskoe Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parohodstvo (BGMP). On 22 Sep, 1939 requisitioned as military transport by Murmanskoe Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (MGMP) for the duration of the Soviet-Finnish war. On 7 Jan, 1941, again requisitioned but this time as hospital ship for the Northern Fleet, later used as submarine depot ship. |
|Notes on loss|
At 04.59 hours on 26 Aug, 1941, the Marija Uljanova (SLt Yevdokimov), escorted by Uritskij and Valerian Kujbyshev, was hit on the starboard side aft by one torpedo from U-571 27 miles north of Teriberskij lighthouse and hit by a coup de grâce at 05.02 hours. After chasing away the U-boat with depth charges the destroyers returned and Valerian Kujbyshev picked up 14 survivors who had been blown overboard by the explosions.
Two hours after being hit about 11 metres from the stern of Marija Uljanova broke off, but the vessel remained afloat and was taken in tow by Uritskij, later assisted by the Soviet salvage tug Pamyat’ Ruslana. The tow convoy was soon screened by the destroyers Gromkij and Gremiascij, one SKR patrol vessel and three MO submarine chasers. German aircraft unsuccessfully attacked the ships twice, the Soviets claiming two aircraft shot down. The next day, the badly damaged ship was beached at Teriberka and declared a total loss. She was later used as oil storage hulk and broken up after the end of the war.
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