Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage8,215 tons
Completed1922 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Sparrow┬┤s Point MD 
OwnerOre Steamship Corp, New York 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack27 Feb 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-432 (Heinz-Otto Schultze)
Position35° 33'N, 74° 58'W - Grid CA 7936
Complement39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteCruz Grande, Chile - Baltimore 
Cargo23.000 tons of iron ore 
Notes on event

At 06.25 hours on 27 Feb 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Marore (Master Charles Ernest Nash) was hit on the port side amidships by one torpedo from U-432 3.5 miles off Wimble Shoals. After 15 minutes, the eight officers and 31 crewmen abandoned ship in three lifeboats, just as the U-boat began shelling the ship until 07.00 hours. As the bulk carrier rolled over and slowly sank, the U-boat left the area at 07.20 hours.
A US Coast Guard motor surfboat from the Big Kinnakeet Lifeboat Station helped seven survivors from the third boat to get ashore, while the master and 13 survivors from the same boat were rescued by the US Coast Guard vessel USS CG-3843. The survivors in the other two boats were picked up by the John D. Gill and landed at Norfolk.

The master, Charles Ernest Nash, experienced another sinking when his next ship, the Christopher Newport, was sunk in convoy PQ-17 on 4 July 1942.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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