Maritime inquiry 1939 - 1945
The information below regarding ships in the Nortraship fleet is a direct transcript of the original source "Sjøforklaringer fra andre verdenskrig (1940 - 1945)". The informasjon is collected from maritime inquiries held during and right after the war. The information may differ from the other quality assured information in Krigsseilerregisteret.
Brev 29.12.1944 fra Shipping Casualties Section, Trade Division til Nortraship
I am in receipt of your letter of the 20th inst. reference WRI VFL/MJ and in reply to your query I have to state that the above vessel is understood to have sailed from Karachi on October 10th for Bombay, sailing October 15th for Cochin. The vessel was not in convoy. A signal was received from the vessel at 2337 GMT on October 15, 1940, giving her position 18o30 N. 72o21 E. and that she was sinking, hatch being forced in and they were taking to the boats. An H.M. vessel was ordered from Bombay at 0130 on the 16th to render assitance and another H.M. vessel on patrol was ordered to the area to assist. No trace of the "MARLY" or survivors was found. The two Naval Vessels returned to Bombay on the 16th and 17th both having been considerably damaged in the cyclone. The cargo of the vessel is not known.
This is all the information available in the Casualties Section, Trade Division, and I hope that it will be of assistance to you.
E. A. Burrows, Commander