Ships hit by U-boats

Ante Matkovic

Yugoslavian Steam merchant

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NameAnte Matkovic
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,710 tons
Completed1920 - Ateliers & Chantiers de Bretagne, Nantes 
OwnerBrodarsko Poduzece Eugen Matkovic, Split 
Date of attack19 Jun 1942Nationality:      Yugoslavian
FateSunk by U-159 (Helmut Witte)
Position12° 05'N, 72° 30'W - Grid EC 8524
Complement29 (6 dead and 23 survivors).
RouteNorfolk - Cartagena, Colombia - Curaçao - Santiago 
Cargo3100 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 June 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 boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

Location of attack on Ante Matkovic.

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