Ships hit by U-boats

Nikolina Matkovic

Yugoslavian Motor merchant

Nikolina Matkovic under her former name Carriso. Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2078

NameNikolina Matkovic
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,672 tons
Completed1919 - Long Beach Shipbuilding Co, Long Beach CA 
OwnerBrodarsko Poduzece Eugen Matkovic, Split 
Date of attack14 Oct 1942Nationality:      Yugoslavian
FateSunk by U-661 (Erich von Lilienfeld)
Position53° 41'N, 41° 23'W - Grid AJ 9327
Complement35 (14 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteCiudad Trujillo, Dominican Republic (11 Sep) - New York – Liverpool 
CargoSugar and lumber 
History Completed in January 1919 as steam merchant Magunkook for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1923 converted to a motor merchant and renamed Carriso for Carriso Inc (Flood Bros), San Francisco. 1935 sold to Griffiths SS Co, Wilmington CA. 1937 sold to Yugoslavia and renamed Nikolina Matkovic for Brodarsko Poduzece Eugen Matkovic, Split.  
Notes on event

About 00.50 hours on 14 Oct 1942 the Nikolina Matkovic (Master Marin Kelez) in station #102 of convoy SC-104 was hit on the starboard side aft by one torpedo from U-661, which was herself lost the next day. The ship sank almost immediately after sending a distress signal about 380 miles south-southeast of Cape Farewell. No lifeboats could be launched by the crew of 29 and six British gunners (the ship was armed with one 3in and six machine guns) and the survivors clung to debris or rafts until being picked up by the British rescue ship Gothland (Master James Murray Hadden, OBE). Poor weather conditions with rough seas made boat work impossible, so the rescue ship had to maneuver carefully amongst the survivors and used her boom nets to retrieve them. The master 19 crew members and one gunner were rescued and landed at Gourock on 21 October. The chief engineer, the radio operator, seven other crew members and five gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 14 people who were on board

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