Ships hit by U-boats

Marietta E.

British Steam merchant

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NameMarietta E.
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,628 tons
Completed1940 - William Hamilton & Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerCounties Ship Management Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack4 Mar 1943Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-160 (Georg Lassen)
Position31° 49'S, 31° 11'E - Grid KZ 2442
Complement45 (5 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteNew York - Durban - Aden - Alexandria 
Cargo4865 tons of government and commercial stores and 8 landing craft as deck cargo 
History Completed in June 1940 
Notes on event

At 03.46 hours on 4 March 1943, U-160 fired two torpedoes at convoy DN-21 east-northeast of East London and hit two ships after 1 minute 6 seconds and 1 minute 14 seconds. The Marietta E. was sunk and Sheaf Crown damaged.

Four crew members and one gunner from Marietta E. (Master James Howard Williams) were lost. The master, 33 crew members and six gunners were picked up by the SAAF crash launch R-8 and landed at Durban.

The following British landing craft were lost with the Marietta E.: HMS LCP(R)-673, HMS LCP(R)-680, HMS LCP(R)-684, HMS LCP(R)-685, HMS LCP(R)-689, HMS LCP(R)-692, HMS LCP(R)-693 and HMS LCP(R)-727 (each 10 tons).

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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