British Motor merchant
|Completed||1930 - Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee|
|Owner||Alfred Holt & Co, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||13 Nov 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-81 (Friedrich Guggenberger)|
|Position||36° 27'N, 0° 55'W - Grid CH 7629|
|Complement||81 (0 dead and 81 survivors).|
|Route||Algiers (12 Nov) - Gibraltar|
|History||Completed in May 1930|
On 7 Aug 1940, the ship was requsitioned by the Admiralty as ocean boarding vessel (OBV) HMS Maron. On 10 Jan 1941, she captured the Italian steam merchant Cantal (3178 grt). On 7 Apr 1942, decommissioned and returned to owner.
|Notes on event|
At 15.55 hours on 13 Nov 1942, 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 (K 87) (Lt J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR) and landed at Gibraltar.
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