British Steam merchant
|Completed||1926 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Kaye, Son & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||23 Feb 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-69 (Jost Metzler)|
|Position||59° 18'N, 21° 30'W - Grid AL 2362|
|Complement||36 (13 dead and 23 survivors).|
|Route||Glasgow - Liverpool - Montevideo - Villa Constitucion, Argentina|
|Cargo||6000 tons of general cargo|
|History||Completed in July 1926 |
|Notes on event|
At 23.39 hours on 23 Feb 1941 the unescorted Marslew (Master Hubert Roland Watkins), dispersed from convoy OB-288, was hit on the starboard side amidships in the boiler room by one G7e torpedo from U-69 about 265 miles west-northwest of Rockall. The explosion immediately broke the ship in two, its bow and stern raising slowly with the forepart sinking first after approximately 30 minutes and the stern sinking after floating vertically for a while. The master and twelve crew members were lost. 21 crew members and two gunners were picked up by the British steam merchant Empire Cheetah from the same dispersed convoy and were landed at Philadelphia on 11 March.
|On board||We have details of 18 people who were on board.|
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