Allied Warships

HMS Maron (F 87)

Ocean boarding vessel

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeOcean boarding vessel
Class[No specific class] 
PennantF 87 
Built byCaledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (Dundee, Scotland) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched17 Dec 1929 
Commissioned11 Nov 1940 
End service7 Apr 1942 
History

Passenger/cargo vessel completed in May 1930.
Requisitioned by the Admiralty on 7 August 1940.
Displacement: 6487 GRT.
Dimensions: 132 x 17.2.
Armament: 2 6" guns (2x1), 1 12pdr AA gun, 4 .303" MG AA (4x1).
Speed: 14.5 knots.

Decommissioned on 7 April 1942 and returned to her owner.

At 1555 hours on 13 November 1942, the German submarine U-81 fired two torpedoes at a convoy of four freighters and five escorts returning from Operation Torch northwest of Oran, Algeria. They heard two detonations after about three minutes and claimed one ship sunk and another damaged. The Maron (Master David Hey) was probably hit by both torpedoes and sank. The master, 67 crew members and 13 gunners were picked up by HMS Marigold (Lt. J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR) and landed at Gibraltar.

 

Commands listed for HMS Maron (F 87)

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1Cdr. (retired) John Hamilton Blair, DSC, RD, RNR17 Sep 19407 Apr 1942

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