Ships hit by U-boats

Maria Rosa

Italian Steam merchant

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NameMaria Rosa
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,211 tons
Completed1914 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerFrancesco Galli fu Giovanni (Hugo Trumpy), Genoa 
Date of attack29 Feb 1940Nationality:      Italian
FateSunk by U-20 (Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt)
Position52° 24'N, 1° 59'E - Grid AN 8445
Complement29 (12 dead and 17 survivors).
RouteMarseilles - Hartlepool 
History Completed in May 1914 as British Elfland for Fred Drughorn Ltd, London. 1914 renamed Queen Alexandra for Queen Line Ltd (T. Dunlop & Sons), Glasgow. 1925 sold to Greece and renamed Triton for George D. Gratsos, Ithaca. 1939 sold to Italy and renamed Maria Rosa
Notes on event

At 22.32 hours on 29 Feb 1940 the neutral Maria Rosa was hit in the foreship by one G7e torpedo from U-20 and sank by the bow. The ship had been missed by a first G7e torpedo at 21.45 hours.


Location of attack on Maria Rosa.

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