Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Stuart Smith

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,402 tons
Completed1917 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerKaye, Son & Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack21 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-98 (Robert Gysae)
Position58° 00'N, 41° 00'W - Grid AJ 6252
Complement78 (22 dead and 56 survivors).
ConvoyOB-322 (dispersed)
RouteManchester - Rio Grande do Sul - River Plate 
History Completed in February 1917 for Liverpool, Brazil & River Plate Ship Navigation Co (Lamport & Holt Ltd), Liverpool. 1937 sold to Marconi SS Co (Kaye, Son & Co Ltd), London. 
Notes on event

At 05.12 hours on 21 May 1941 the unescorted Marconi (Master Frank Emmanuel Hailstone), dispersed from convoy OB-322, was hit by one torpedo from U-98 and sank after 33 minutes south-southeast of Cape Farewell. The ship had already been missed by the same U-boat at 18.36 hours on 20 May. The master and ten crew members were lost. The survivors abandoned ship in the lifeboats but eight of them died before they were picked up by USCGC General Greene (WPC 140) and landed at St. John’s, where three others died in a hospital. 52 crew members and four gunners survived.

On boardWe have details of 24 people who were on board

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