Ships hit by U-boats

Matthew Maury

American Steam merchant

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NameMatthew Maury
Type:Steam merchant (Liberty)
Tonnage7,176 tons
Completed1942 - Todd-Houston Shipbuilding Corp, Houston TX 
OwnerLykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans LA 
Date of attack10 Jul 1943Nationality:      American
FateDamaged by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Position37° 13'N, 5° 12'E - Grid CH 9616
Complement78 (0 dead and 78 survivors).
RoutePhilippeville, Algeria (10 Jul) - Algiers 
Cargo1200 tons of ballast 
History Completed June 1942

Broken up at Terminal Island in March 1961.  
Notes on event

At 12.41 hours on 10 July 1943, U-371 fired torpedoes at convoy ET-22A about 30 miles east of Bougie and damaged two ships, the Matthew Maury and Gulfprince. The convoy was about eight hours out of port.

The Matthew Maury (Master Costa Carlson) was struck by one torpedo in the stern. The explosion blew off the propeller, bent the shaft and flooded the #5 hold. The ship went out of control and gradually lost way. The eight officers, 35 crew men, 28 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) and seven passengers went to their boats stations but did not abandon ship. Two British corvettes stood by and later towed the ship to Bougie.
After two days, tugs towed the Matthew Maury to Algiers for temporary repairs. On 22 November, she arrived at Gibraltar and laid there until 19 Aug 1944 when she left for Norfolk, arriving on 8 September. The final repairs were made in Newport News.

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