Ships hit by U-boats


Greek Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,236 tons
Completed1912 - Richardson, Duck & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerNeill & Pandelis Ltd, London 
Date of attack24 May 1941Nationality:      Greek
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position5° 42'N, 10° 29'W - Grid EU 7116
Complement31 (26 dead and 5 survivors).
ConvoyOB-317 (dispersed)
RouteGlasgow - Takoradi 
CargoBritish government stores 
History Completed in July 1912 as Eddystone for Fargrove Steam Navigation Co Ltd (Farrar, Groves & Co Ltd), London. 1918 renamed Grelstone for Griffiths Lewis Steam Navigation Co Ltd (J.C. Gould & Co), Cardiff. 1926 sold to Derwen Shipping Co Ltd (David G. Hall & Co), Cardiff. 1931 sold to Greece and renamed Marionga for Proios Brothers, Chios. 1938 sold to J.M. Nikoforos, Chios. 1939 sold to Neill & Pandelis Ltd, Piræus. 
Notes on event

At 03.56 hours on 24 May 1941 the unescorted Marionga, dispersed from convoy OB-317 on 6 May, was hit underneath the aft mast by one torpedo from U-103 and sank by the stern within four minutes about 30 miles west-southwest of Buchanan, Liberia. The U-boat had spotted the ship 8 hours earlier, but had to wait for the night due to the very good visibility and then missed with the first two torpedoes fired at 00.36 and 01.54 hours. On 28 May, three survivors were picked up from a raft by the British steam merchant City of Rangoon in 05°42N/10°29W and were landed at Capetown on 9 June. Two survivors landed at Monrovia on 10 June.

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