Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,487 tons
Completed1930 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerAlfred Holt & Co, Liverpool 
Date of attack13 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-81 (Friedrich Guggenberger)
Position36° 27'N, 0° 55'W - Grid CH 7629
Complement81 (0 dead and 81 survivors).
RouteAlgiers (12 Nov) - Gibraltar 
History Completed in May 1930

On 7 Aug 1940, the ship was requsitioned by the Admiralty as ocean boarding vessel (OBV) HMS Maron. On 10 Jan 1941, she captured the Italian steam merchant Cantal (3178 grt). On 7 Apr 1942, decommissioned and returned to owner. 
Notes on event

At 15.55 hours on 13 Nov 1942, U-81 fired two torpedoes at a convoy of four freighters and five escorts returning from Operation Torch northwest of Oran, Algeria. They heard two detonations after about three minutes and claimed one ship sunk and another damaged. The Maron (Master David Hey) was probably hit by both torpedoes and sank. The master, 67 crew members and 13 gunners were picked up by HMS Marigold (K 87) (Lt J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR) and landed at Gibraltar.


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