Italian submarine fates
Ships hit by Italian submarines
Reine Marie Stewart
|Date of attack||3 Jun 1942||Time||0730|
|Fate||Sunk by submarine Leonardo da Vinci (C.C. Luigi Longanesi Cattani)|
|Position of attack||7° 00'N, 13° 15'W|
|Complement||11 (no casualties, 11 survivors)|
|Notes||At 1745 hours, a sailing ship was sighted. Da Vinci chased her.|
At 2250 hours, the submarine stopped her with three 100mm rounds and machine gun fire.
This was the Panamanian windjammer Reine Marie Stewart (1,087 GRT, built 1920) on passage Lourenço Marques to New York. She stopped and was evacuated.
Da Vinci sent a three-man boarding party. They attempted to blow it up with a demolition charge of 20 kgs. She was damaged but did not sink.
A new boarding party of four men attempted to set her afire but she was still afloat.
At 0655 hours on 3rd June, a stern torpedo was fired but, after a run of about 50 metres, it disappeared from view.
At 0730 hours, a second torpedo was fired and hit the vessel amidship and she finally sank. The following evening, tubes 7 and 8 were reloaded while the submarine was surfaced.
All the crew was rescued (11 survivors) by the British Afghanistan.