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SHIPS SUNK NETHERLANDS 28 - DUTCH SHIPS LOST/DAMAGED/CAPTURED

15)MARISA U-107




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Built 1937


Tonnage 8,029 / 12,100 tons


Cargo: Ballast


Sunk 16 May 41 by U-107 on pos. 06º 10’N 18º 09’W.


2 Dead


47 Survivors


At 00.36 hours on 17 May, 1941, the unescorted Marisa (Master J.C. Landman) was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-107, killing the fourth engineer and one crew member. The U-boat had followed the tanker since 12.49 hours the day before. The tanker stopped and was hit in the stern by a coup de grâce at 01.15 hours, after the crew abandoned ship in three lifeboats.


15 minutes later, the U-boat surfaced, opened fire with the 10.5cm deck gun and hit the ship with 20 rounds, but the next grenade burst in the barrel and made the deck gun useless. The burning tanker settled by the stern, but the bow remained afloat. At 02.17 hours, the 20mm AA gun was used to shoot holes in the empty tanks, until the weapon was damaged by a round that exploded in the barrel. A part of the barrel hit a man on the conning tower, but fell off without wounding him. Hessler wrote in the KTB: What kind of weapons and munition do we have, we must be afraid of it.


On 20 May, one lifeboat was found by HMS Columbine (K 94) (T/Lt S.J. Lavis, RNR) and a second by the British patrol yacht HMS Surprise. The third lifeboat with the master landed at the coast of French-Guinea on 23 May.


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