Star of Suez
Egyptian Steam merchant
|Name||Star of Suez|
|Completed||1926 - D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd, Glasgow|
|Owner||Alexandria Navigation Co Ltd (Red Rose Line), Alexandria|
|Date of attack||15 Dec 1942||Nationality: Egyptian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-159 (Helmut Witte)|
|Position||0° 42'S, 29° 34'W - Grid FC 3725|
|Complement||42 (2 dead and 40 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Trinidad - Table Bay - Suez|
|Cargo||6000 tons of war materials, including 1200 tons of explosives, 50 tons of paper and replacement parts for aircraft and trucks|
|History||Completed in January 1926 as British Marthara for Maclay & McIntyre, Glasgow. 1938 sold to Egpyt and renamed Star of Suez for Alexandria Navigation Co Ltd (Red Rose Line), Alexandria. |
|Notes on event|
At 14.20 hours on 15 Dec 1942 the unescorted Star of Suez was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-159 and sank after 17 minutes. The U-boat had spotted the ship at 12.07 hours and almost at the same time U-134 (Schendel), which also tried to get into a firing position since 10.55 hours. Witte questioned the survivors in the lifeboats and recovered 45 aircraft tires, a 20 hp electric motor and 120 grapefruits from the flotsam. The other U-boat joined them at the sinking position and took also aircraft tires and replacement parts for cars on board.
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