British Motor merchant
|Completed||1939 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Andrew Weir & Co, London|
|Date of attack||12 Jun 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)|
|Position||44° 16'N, 13° 54'W - Grid BE 9484|
|Complement||51 (0 dead and 51 survivors).|
|Route||Durban - Freetown (31 May) - Hull|
|Cargo||8750 tons of maize|
|Notes on event|
At 19.38 hours on 12 Jun 1940, U-46 fired a stern torpedo at a ship in convoy SL-34 about 220 miles west-northwest of Cape Finisterre and missed the intended target, but hit the Barbara Marie that broke in two and sank. At 19.46 hours, another torpedo was fired which hit the forward part of Willowbank and caused the ship to sink by the bow.
The master and 50 crew members from Willowbank (Master Donald Gillies) were picked up by the British motor merchant Swedru.
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