Ships hit by U-boats

Irene Maria

British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

NameIrene Maria
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,862 tons
Completed1922 - Antwerp Engineering Co Ltd, Hoboken 
OwnerBroomhill Steamships Ltd, London 
Date of attack27 Nov 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-95 (Gerd Schreiber)
Position56° 45'N, 14° 12'W - Grid AM 1968
Complement26 (26 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-248 (straggler)
RouteSouthampton - Milford Haven - Bridgewater, Nova Scotia 
History Completed in October 1922 as Danish Irene Maria for A/S D/S Dania (Chr. Andresen), Esbjerg. 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 00.58 hours on 27 Nov 1940 the unescorted Irene Maria (Master Alfred Peter Evers), a straggler from convoy OB-248, was hit aft by one torpedo from U-95 and sank by the bow within two minutes about 55 miles south-southwest of Rockall. The ship had been missed by two torpedoes at 00.42 and 00.52 hours. The master, 24 crew members and one gunner were lost.

On boardWe have details of 26 people who were on board

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