British Steam tanker
|Completed||1922 - Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd, Jarrow|
|Owner||British Tanker Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||20 Oct 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||A total loss by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)|
|Position||7° 43'N, 14° 20'W - Grid ET 6111|
|Complement||51 (3 dead and 48 survivors).|
|Route||Freetown - Curaçao|
|History||Completed in March 1922 |
|Notes on event|
At 05.54 hours on 20 Oct 1941, U-126 attacked a small convoy of two tankers and one escort about 80 miles southwest of Freetown and fired one torpedo at each tanker from a distance of 400 meters. The first torpedo struck the British Mariner aft of the mast in the engine room. The propulsion of the second torpedo failed and it sank to the bottom. Bauer immediately fired a third torpedo, which was a surface runner and missed. The U-boat tried to follow the second tanker, but was chased away by the escort and later by an aircraft.
The British Mariner (Master Henry Beattie) was abandoned by her crew, but was later reboarded and towed to Freetown by the Dutch tug Donau and HMS Hudson (W 02) (Master B.C. Weltevreden), arrving on 22 October. Three crew members were lost. The master, 44 crew members and three gunners were picked up by the British tug and landed at Freetown.
|On board||We have details of 32 people who were on board.|
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