Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Margareta under her former name Atlantic. Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,103 tons
Completed1904 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerOhlson, Johnston & Co Ltd, Hull 
Date of attack27 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-201 (Adalbert Schnee)
Position50° 15'N, 17° 27'W - Grid BE 2378
Complement34 (0 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteGibraltar - Glasgow 
CargoPart cargo of 400 tons of general, including scrap and cork 
History Completed in March 1904 as Atlantic for W.H. Cockerline & Co, Hull. 1939 sold to Finland and renamed Margareta for Paul Eklöf, Helsinki. 1940 seized by Britain at Gibraltar and transferred to Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 23.03 hours on 27 Sep 1941, U-201 fired two G7e torpedoes from a distance of 3500 meters at two ships in convoy HG-73 southwest of Cape Clear and observed one ship breaking in two after being hit, sinking within one minute and another sinking by the stern. However, only the Margareta (Master Holger Pihlgren) in station #42 was hit and sunk. The master and 33 crew members were picked up by HMS Hibiscus (K 24) (LtCdr C.G. Cuthbertson, RNR) and landed at Gibraltar.

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