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Help required please! Can anyone find any more details of S.S. Marcella. The real icing on the cake would be a picture of the ship.

S.S. MARCELLA

Owners: Kaye, Sons & Co
Built: Lithgows 1928
4,592 tons
385x52x26-6
477 nhp
11 knots
Triple expansion engines

My late Father’s uncle, Captain Richard Downie of Cardonald, Glasgow, was Master of S.S. MARCELLA when she was torpedoed at 0530 hrs on 13 March, 1943, by U-107 in position 42º 45’N 013º 31’W (190 miles west of Cape Finisterre). Captain Downie, 34 crew and 9 gunners were lost.

MARCELLA, which was carrying stores from the Clyde to Freetown/Capetown, was armed with a single 4 inch gun and 6 machine guns.

She was part of Convoy OS.44 which departed Liverpool on 6 March and arrived at Freetown on 24 March 1943. Five ships were lost from the convoy MARCELLA, CLAN ALPINE, OPORTO, SEMBILANGAN and CELTIC STAR.

U-107 sank 38 ships in her lifetime, totalling 217,751 tons and when she attacked Convoy OS.44, was under the command of Kapitänleutnant Harald Gelhaus (Knights Cross).
http://www.uboat.net/boats/u107.htm
http://www.uboat.net/men/gelhaus.htm
U -107 was sunk following a depth charge attack from a British Sunderland Reconnaissance aircraft on 18 August 1944, whilst on passage from Lorient to La Pallice. She was carrying a load of snorkels and all 59 crewmen were lost.

The thumbnails below are reproduced with kind permission of Howard Martin whose website can be found at: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/howard.martin/Whiteside.html
There is an aerial shot of U-107 and also a photograph of the logbook entry from the Sunderland which sank U-107.

Thanks in advance folks.
 

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Gulpers,
Reading your details and looking up on my database there is very little to add, there were 35 crew and nine gunners, as there were no survivors I do not have a survivors report in my collection. I don't have a photograph but do have a list f all 35 crew and 6 of the gunners on my system, 2 MRA and 4 RN.

She was actually owned by Kaye Transport Co. Ltd. and managed by Kaye, Son & Co. Ltd.
 

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Baltic Wal,

Thanks for that. I'm hoping that, since she was built in Lithgows, one of the Clydesiders may have access to a photograph. I appreciate you having taken time to check your data. (Thumb)
 

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ruud said:
Ahoy,
I've searched all over, but can't find her(MAD)
Hi Ruud,

It's appears to be a German book no English translation.

"Die Handelsflotten der Welt 1942 und Nachtrag 1944"
(The Merchant Fleets of the World 1942 and Supplement 1944)
by Erich Gröner. ISBN 3-469-00552-4.
Reprinted 1976, J. F. Lehmanns Verlag München.

Hugh
 

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linje akevitt Wilhemlsens

When I was sailing on Norwegian ships as a young man i read the story about how the company carried casks of this drink in the holds of their Australian service ships.I presume the name is because it crosses the line twice.it was then bottled and dated and the name of the ship on which it was transported was also on the label.Doing a bit of research it seems the practice was still going quite recently,the Tampa which was involved with the refugee rescue at Christmas Island seemed to have had it onboard and it seems to be the one to collect if you are in that field,on reading some of the banter on this site regarding bar activities if it was carried in these ships it would never have got across the line on the southward leg of the voyage,anyhow i have attached the info i have found in case any collectors or drinkers of this brand are interested
 

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Janbonde,
You may have missed it but we had a thread about the famous linje akvavit last week, can't remember which ship.
 

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Ray,

Kaye, Son & Co Ltd. K.O'Donoghue & P.Heaton. History and details of all ships owned.

As my crew are all idle today with bad weather it was all hands to the pump and found results for you. The vessel you are after is in the above book with authors names it can be purchased from The World Ship Society Publications

Rgds Gdynia
 

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Ray,

Kaye, Son & Co Ltd. K.O'Donoghue & P.Heaton. History and details of all ships owned.

As my crew are all idle today with bad weather it was all hands to the pump and found results for you. The vessel you are after is in the above book with authors names it can be purchased from The World Ship Society Publications

Rgds Gdynia
Guys,

Thank you all very much for your replies. It has been most remiss of me not to acknowledge your efforts before now!

Sadly, I have already seen most of the information which you uncovered. I have continued my quest but unfortunately keep turning up dead ends!

Neville, does the book which you mentioned have any drawings or photographs of MARCELLA?

If any of our more recent members are reading this thread for the first time, I’d appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks again.

Ray (Thumb) (Thumb)
 

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Gulpers, please seem my thread ref George Beswick whose first ship was Marcella and I have also published a photo of her taken in B.A. in August 1942. It appears Captain Downie was Master on George's first voyage.

I Have another very poor photo of the ship taken October 1942 which I intend to publish tomorrow. I would be pleased to send you the best res scan I can muster of Marcella if you send me a PM.

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You are a STAR

Tony,

Forgive me for not replying sooner. All my spare time of late has been spent sailing - got to make the most of this excellent weather! I've been trying to catch up on SN matters and have only just come across your post and photographs. You are an absolute STAR. (Applause)
Thank you for your kind offer, I'll send you a PM.
 

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What a Star!

Ruud,

Once again you come up trumps! (Applause)

I really appreciate your efforts since the photograph is not one which I've seen before.

How spooky! (EEK) Last night I was looking at some photographs of MARCELLA which Tony Selman kindly sent to me and I wondered if there would ever be any more information forthcoming. I even contemplated adding a comment to the thread to activate it again.

No need now because you were obviously "on the case" at the time I was thinking about MARCELLA.

Very grateful Ruud. (Thumb)
 

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Jeez Ray , that's the wife's name, thought it was typically Dutch.

Want some fotos !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

JC
 

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Too good an opportunity to miss!

John,

Cool, but can you post them in a "plain brown wrapper" please ? (Jester)
 

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S.S. Marcella

Many thanks also to KenLin39 who has contacted me by PM and email with more information on MARCELLA. (Applause)

It's amazing how a thread can lie dormant for so long, then suddenly spring into life again. (==D)
 

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Gulpers

Good morning.

I am doing research for a work collegue whose Uncle was on the SS Marcella.
His name was Terrence McGaffin and he was only 23 when the ship was sunk in March 1943.
I have atttached a photo of SS Marcella being loaded in 1942 and I have also attached a PDF file I got from the National Archives on this ship which list details of its log.
Please can you let me know if you where able to obtain any further information on this ship.
 

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Hi everyone, I can see that this thread is over 4 years old now but I was wondering if any of you could help me. My boyfriends great grandfather Samuel Ogunbiyi was the Greaser on the SS Marcell when she was sank in 1943. My boyfriends grandfather, Samuels son, passed away last week and I thought it would be nice to create a book of memories about his great grandfather and his grandfather. I have noticed that a few people commenting had distant relatives who sailed alongside him and I would be very grateful for any pictures of the crew and the boat to put in my memory book. Many thanks in advance for any help on this :)
 

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Hi... this picture is of Richard Downie, my great uncle, who was Master of the Marcella at the time of her loss...I hope this is of interest, and that they all rest peacefully. So sad that so many youngsters were on board...
 

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