American Steam merchant
|Type:||Steam merchant (Liberty)|
|Completed||1942 - Todd-Houston Shipbuilding Corp, Houston TX|
|Owner||Lykes Bros SS Co Inc, New Orleans LA|
|Date of attack||10 Jul 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)|
|Position||37° 13'N, 5° 12'E - Grid CH 9616|
|Complement||78 (0 dead and 78 survivors).|
|Route||Philippeville, Algeria (10 Jul) - Algiers|
|Cargo||1200 tons of ballast|
|History||Completed June 1942|
Broken up at Terminal Island in March 1961.
|Notes on event|
At 12.41 hours on 10 July 1943, U-371 fired torpedoes at convoy ET-22A about 30 miles east of Bougie and damaged two ships, the Matthew Maury and Gulfprince. The convoy was about eight hours out of port.
The Matthew Maury (Master Costa Carlson) was struck by one torpedo in the stern. The explosion blew off the propeller, bent the shaft and flooded the #5 hold. The ship went out of control and gradually lost way. The eight officers, 35 crew men, 28 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in and eight 20mm guns) and seven passengers went to their boats stations but did not abandon ship. Two British corvettes stood by and later towed the ship to Bougie.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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