Ships hit by U-boats


Minsk

Danish Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

NameMinsk
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,229 tons
Completed1911 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerDet Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen 
HomeportMiddelfart 
Date of attack19 Mar 1940Nationality:      Danish
 
FateSunk by U-19 (Joachim Schepke)
Position58° 07'N, 2° 39'W - Grid AN 1680
Complement20 (11 dead and 9 survivors).
Convoy
RouteManchester - Kirkwall - Esbjerg 
CargoBallast 
History Completed in May 1911 
Notes on event

At 21.35 hours on 19 March 1940, U-19 spotted two steamers and attacked the first at 22.21 hours with one torpedo, which struck in the engine room and caused the Minsk to sink within six minutes. At 22.37 hours, a second torpedo was fired, which struck the Charkow and caused her to sink by the stern within four minutes.

Nine survivors from Minsk were picked up by HMS Esk (H 15) (Cdr J.G. Bickford, DSC, RN) and landed at Invergordon on 19 March.

 
On boardWe have details of 12 people who were on board

Location of attack on Minsk.

ship sunk.


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