Ships hit by U-boats

Marilyse Moller

British Steam merchant

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NameMarilyse Moller
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage786 tons
Completed1915 - Kiangnan Dock & Engineering Works, Shanghai 
OwnerMoller & Co Ltd, Shanghai 
Date of attack1 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-97 (Friedrich Bürgel)
Position31° 22'N, 33° 44'E - Grid CP 8282
Complement38 (34 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteBeirut (29 Jun) - Port Said – Alexandria 
Cargo410 tons of general cargo, including cased benzine 
History Completed in 1915 as Tseang Tah for China Import & Export Lumber Co Ltd, Shanghai. On 6 Jul 1938, pirates attacked the ship with machine guns off the Chinese coast, wounding a crew member and two passengers and stole all money and firearms from the ship and the passengers. 1941 renamed Marilyse Moller for Moller & Co Ltd, Shanghai. 
Notes on event

At 13.43 hours on 1 July 1942, U-97 fired a spread of two torpedoes at Marilyse Moller (Master Douglas Stewart Pethick) about 27 miles west of Rafah, Palestine. The small freighter steamed on a non-evasive course at 4.5 knots, escorted by HMS Burra (T 158) (Lt W.J.C. Harrison, RNVR), when she was hit by one or possibly two torpedoes and sank immediately after breaking up in a huge explosion. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 13.41 hours. The escort dropped three depth charges on the presumed position of the attacker and then carried out a complete search of the area without locating the U-boat. The armed trawler then returned to the sinking position and picked up the chief officer, one gunner and three crew members from wreckage, but one of the latter died before the survivors were landed at Port Said. The master, 29 crew members and four gunners (the ship was armed with one 20mm and four machine guns) were lost.

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