Ships hit by U-boats

Queen Maud

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NameQueen Maud
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,976 tons
Completed1936 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerT. Dunlop & Sons, Glasgow 
Date of attack5 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position7° 54'N, 16° 41'W - Grid ET 2871
Complement44 (1 dead and 43 survivors).
ConvoyOB-309 (dispersed)
RouteCardiff - Freetown - Alexandria 
Cargo7320 tons of coal and government stores, including aircraft parts 
History Completed in November 1936 
Notes on event

At 11.05 hours on 5 May 1941 the unescorted Queen Maud (Master Robert John McDonald), dispersed from convoy OB-309, was hit by two torpedoes from U-38 about 208 miles west of Freetown and sank within three minutes after a coup de grĂ¢ce hit at 11.17 hours. One crew member was lost. The master, 38 crew members and four gunners were picked up by the Portuguese merchant Mirandella, transferred to HMS Dragon (D 46) (Capt R.J. Shaw, MBE, RN) and landed at Freetown on 8 May.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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