Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Mattawin under her former name Ediba. Photo courtesy of Paul Hunter

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,919 tons
Completed1923 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerElder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack2 Jun 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-553 (Karl Thurmann)
Position40° 14'N, 66° 01'W - Grid CB 1895
Complement71 (0 dead and 71 survivors).
RouteNew York (29 May) - Capetown - Durban - Alexandria 
Cargo7000 tons of military stores 
History Completed in April 1923 as Ediba for Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool. 1929 renamed Mattawin for the same owner. 
Notes on event

At 07.18 hours on 2 June 1942 the Mattawin (Master Charles Herbert Sweeny) was torpedoed by U-553 southeast of New York and sunk at 07.30 hours by a coup de grĂ¢ce. The master, 31 crew members and 5 passengers (US military personnel) were picked up by the Torvanger and landed at Halifax. 20 crew members, seven gunners and seven passengers were rescued by USCGC General Greene (WPC 140) and landed at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

Location of attack on Mattawin.

ship sunk.

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