Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Maritima under her former name Clan Graham. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,801 tons
Completed1912 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne 
OwnerNeill & Pandelis Ltd, London 
Date of attack2 Nov 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-522 (Herbert Schneider)
Position52° 20'N, 45° 40'W - Grid AJ 8673
Complement59 (32 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteNew York (24 Oct) - Sydney (29 Oct) - Glasgow 
Cargo7167 tons of general cargo, including explosives 
History Completed in June 1912 as Port Lincoln for Commonwealth & Dominion Line Ltd (W. Milburn & Co), London. 1927 renamed Cambrian Baroness for William Thomas Shipping Co Ltd (R.J. Thomas & Co Ltd), Liverpool. 1930 renamed Clan Graham for The Clan Line Steamers Ltd, London. 1938 renamed Maritima for Neill & Pandelis Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 08.07 hours on 2 Nov 1942, U-522 fired four torpedoes at convoy SC-107 about 500 miles northeast of St. Johns and observed hits on four ships. However, only Maritima and Mount Pelion were hit and sunk.

The master, 28 crew members and three gunners from the Maritima (Master Arthur George Phelps-Mead) were lost, because the ship sank within four minutes. 22 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMCS Arvida (K 113) (T/Lt A.I. MacKay, RCNR) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 32 people who were on board

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