Ships hit by U-boats

Marie José

French Steam merchant

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NameMarie José
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,477 tons
Completed1925 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerSociété Anonyme les Cargos Algériens, Rouen 
Date of attack29 May 1940Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position42° 39'N, 9° 26'W - Grid CG 2237
Complement32 (8 dead and 24 survivors).
RouteCasablanca - Bordeaux 
Cargo3000 tons of cereals 
History Completed in July 1925 as Belgian Princesse Marie-José for Océan SA Belge d’Armement & de Navigation (L. Dens & Cie), Antwerp. 1933 transferred to Cie Dens-Océan SA, Antwerp. 1938 sold to France and renamed Marie José
Notes on event

At 06.15 hours on 29 May 1940 U-37 tried to stop the unescorted Marie José by a shot across her bow about 40 miles northwest of Vigo, but the armed ship turned away and sent radio messages. The U-boat therefore opened fire, hitting about 25 times and soon the crew abandoned ship. The burning vessel was hit on starboard side by one G7a torpedo fired as coup de grâce at 06.57 hours and sank slowly after about 15 minutes. The survivors were later picked up by Spanish fishing boats and landed at Marin, Spain.

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