Soviet Despatch vessel
|Completed||1932 - Zavod No 190 (A. Zhdanov), Leningrad|
|Date of attack||6 Aug 1941||Nationality: Soviet|
|Fate||Sunk by U-652 (Georg-Werner Fraatz)|
|Position||69° 18'N, 35° 00'E - Grid AC 8947|
|Complement||57 (45 dead and 12 survivors).|
|Route||Iokanga (6 Aug) - Teriberka|
|History||Launched in September 1932 as steam trawler RT-70 for Sevgosrybtrest/NKRP. 1938 renamed RT-70 Kapitan Voronin. On 29 Jul 1941 requisitioned by the Soviet Navy and used as despatch vessel PS-70 in the Northern Fleet. |
|Notes on event|
At 19.00 hours on 6 Aug 1941 the PS-70 was struck on port side aft by one G7e torpedo from U-652 while en route alone about seven miles northwest of Cape Teriberskij. A lookout had spotted the periscope of the U-boat in a distance of only 400 meters just before the torpedo explosion, too late to take evasive action. The vessel settled rapidly by the stern with a list to port and sank in less than one minute. The survivors were rescued by Soviet motorboats that were sent from the nearby coast.
This was the first U-boat success in the Northern theater.
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