Ships hit by U-boats

Santa Margarita

Panamanian Steam merchant

Santa Margarita under her former name Isleworth. Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameSanta Margarita
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,919 tons
Completed1928 - Cowpen Dry Docks & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Blyth 
OwnerCompañía Primera de Naviera Ltda, Panama 
Date of attack2 Jul 1940Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-29 (Otto Schuhart)
Position47° 10'N, 16° 10'W - Grid BE 5638
Complement39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteBarry - Hampton Roads 
History Completed in October 1928 as Isleworth for R. S. Dalgliesh Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1939 sold to Panama and renamed Maria for Compañía Primera de Naviera Ltda, Panama. 1940 renamed Santa Margarita for the same owner. 
Notes on event

At 11.25 hours on 2 July 1940 the unescorted Santa Margarita was stopped by U-29 and sunk by gunfire at 13.45 hours according to the prize rules because the ship was en route under British charter with a Yugoslavian crew. Three of the 21 survivors that were picked up by the British merchant King John were lost when this ship was sunk by the German raider Widder on 13 July.


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