British Steam merchant
|Completed||1929 - Cammell Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead|
|Owner||Elders & Fyffes Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||29 Oct 1940||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-31 (Wilfried Prellberg)|
|Position||57° 30'N, 16° 31'W - Grid AL 3880|
|Complement||71 (71 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Port Antonio, Jamaica - Garston|
|Cargo||1500 tons of bananas|
|History||Completed in March 1929 |
|Notes on event|
At 04.32 hours on 26 Oct 1940 the unescorted Matina (Master David Alexander Jack) was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-28 (Kuhnke) about 100 miles west of Rockall, after the ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 21.50 hours the day before. The U-boat then surfaced and fired 28 rounds with her deck gun, achieved 15 hits and left the vessel in a sinking condition.
At 22.00 hours on 29 October, U-31 reported the sinking of a drifting wreck by a coup de grâce, this must have been the Matina. The first U-boat had observed that some survivors abandoned ship in lifeboats, but they were never seen again. The master, 67 crew members, two gunners and one passenger were lost.
|On board||We have details of 71 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Matina
|26 Oct 1940||U-28||Kptlt. Günter Kuhnke||Damaged||5,389|
|29 Oct 1940||U-31||Kptlt. Wilfried Prellberg||Sunk||5,389|
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