Ships hit by U-boats


Margaret

American Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News VA

NameMargaret
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,352 tons
Completed1916 - Maryland Steel Co, Sparrow’s Point MD 
OwnerA.H. Bull & Co Inc, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack14 Apr 1942Nationality:      American
 
FateSunk by U-571 (Helmut Möhlmann)
PositionGrid CA 8754
Complement29 (29 dead - no survivors)
Convoy
RouteSan Juan, Puerto Rico (8 April) - New York 
Cargo4508 tons of sugar 
History Completed in April 1916 
Notes on event

At 21.02 hours on 14 Apr, 1942, U-571 fired one bow torpedo at the unescorted and unarmed Margaret (Master Leonard Logren Davis) off Cape Cod and observed a hit aft after 42 seconds. They had spotted the steamer about three hours earlier on a northerly zigzag course. The torpedo detonation ripped open the hull to the upper deck and caused her to sink by the stern within five minutes after a boiler explosion. Some survivors were seen to leave the ship in a lifeboat and several rafts, but none of the eight officers and 21 crewmen were ever found.

 
On boardWe have details of 29 people who were on board


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