Yugoslavian Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Ateliers & Chantiers de Bretagne, Nantes|
|Owner||Brodarsko Poduzece Eugen Matkovic, Split|
|Date of attack||19 Jun 1942||Nationality: Yugoslavian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-159 (Helmut Witte)|
|Position||12.05N, 72.30W - Grid EC 8524|
|Complement||29 (6 dead and 23 survivors).|
|Route||Norfolk - Cartagena, Colombia - Curaçao - Santiago|
|Cargo||3100 tons of coal|
|History||Completed in January 1921 as French Mossi for Devès Chaumet & Cie, Bordeaux. 1934 sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Ante Matkovic for Brodarsko Poduzece Eugen Matkovic, Split. |
|Notes on event|
At 17.30 hours on 19 Jun, 1942, the unescorted Ante Matkovic (Master Niko Ivanovic) was shelled by U-159 off the Colombian coast. The crew abandoned ship after the first shots and the U-boat then fired 100 rounds at the vessel of which about 70 were hits. Two men of the gun crew were injured due to heavy seas. The ship soon caught fire, developed a list and sank at 18.10 hours in 11°35N/72°55W. When the Germans tried to question some survivors on a raft, they could not understand them due to strong winds and took a man on board, who wrote down everything they wanted to know without being ordered to do so. He was placed back on the raft before the U-boat left.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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