Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

US Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 65138

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,110 tons
Completed1915 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA 
OwnerNew York & Puerto Rican SS Co (Agwilines Inc), New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack5 Mar 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-126 (Ernst Bauer)
Position22° 14'N, 71° 23'W - Grid DN 5695
Complement36 (36 dead - no survivors)
RouteGuanica, Puerto Rico - Boston 
History Completed in July 1915 as steam merchant Mariana for New York & Puerto Rican SS Co (Agwilines Inc), New York. In July 1918 requisitioned by the US Navy, commissioned as transport USS Mariana (ID # 3944) and assigned to the Naval Overseas Transportation Service. After two voyages to France the ship was decommissioned and returned to the owner by the US Shipping Board (USSB) in April 1919. 
Notes on event

At 22.44 hours on 5 March 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Mariana (Master Ivan Elroy Hurlstone) was hit aft of the mast by one torpedo from U-126 off Turks Island and sank within five minutes. The crew of eight officers and 28 crewmen all perished.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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