Ships hit by U-boats


Star of Suez

Egyptian Steam merchant



Star of Suez under her former name Marthara

NameStar of Suez
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,999 tons
Completed1926 - D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerAlexandria Navigation Co Ltd (Red Rose Line), Alexandria 
HomeportAlexandria 
Date of attack15 Dec 1942Nationality:      Egyptian
 
FateSunk by U-159 (Helmut Witte)
Position00.42S, 29.34W - Grid FC 3725
Complement42 (2 dead and 40 survivors).
Convoy
RouteNew York - Trinidad - Table Bay - Suez 
Cargo6000 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.

 

Location of attack on Star of Suez.

ship sunk.


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