Greek Motor merchant
|Completed||1924 - Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller, Odense|
|Owner||Yannoulatos Brothers (China), Athens|
|Date of attack||20 Jan 1942||Nationality: Greek|
|Fate||Sunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)|
|Position||46° 27'N, 39° 55'W - Grid BC 6911|
|Complement||29 (29 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Garston (2 Jan) - Halifax|
|History||Completed in April 1924 as Norwegian Gisla for D/S A/S Avenir (Biørn Biørnstad & Co), Kristiania. On 21 February 1936 caught fire and sank while unloading nitrate at Baltimore. The ship was raised and sold for scrapping, but later repaired. 1938 sold to Greece and renamed Hellenic Pioneer for Yannoulatos Brothers (China), Argostoli. 1939 renamed Maro Y. for the same owner and 1940 changed to Maro. |
|Notes on event|
At 16.48 hours on 20 January 1942, U-552 spotted the unescorted Maro about 525 miles west of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The vessel had been in convoy ON-53, which was scattered in gale on 12 January and was straggling thereafter. Uncertain of her nationality the U-boat surfaced at 17.30 hours and ordered the ship to stop by signal lamp. However, the answer was illegible and the ship did not stop until a round from the 20mm anti-aircraft gun was fired over the bridge. Her master approached the U-boat in a lifeboat to be questioned and the Germans told him that they will sink the ship after learning that it is Greek. At 18.50 hours, the U-boat opened fire with the deck gun after the crew had left the Maro and fired 126 rounds until the ship sank in flames at 19.45 hours. The lifeboats were never seen again: the master, 26 crew members and two gunners were lost.
|On board||We have details of 29 people who were on board.|
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