Icelandic Steam merchant
|Completed||1907 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad|
|Date of attack||29 Jun 1941||Nationality: Icelandic|
|Fate||Sunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)|
|Position||58° 20'N, 43° 00'W - Grid AD 9891|
|Complement||20 (14 dead and 6 survivors).|
|Route||Reykjavik - Halifax - New York|
|History||Completed in December 1907 as Norwegian Clothilde Cuneo for J. Bull, Tønsberg. 1920 renamed Kong Inge for Det Søndenfjelds Norske D/S, Oslo. 1932 sold to Iceland and renamed Hekla for H/f Eimskipafjelag Reykjavikur (Faaberg & Jakobsson), Reykjavik.
|Notes on event|
At 19.58 hours on 29 Jun 1941 the unescorted Hekla was torpedoed by U-564 and sank within two minutes. Seven men survived the sinking and spent 10 days on a life raft before they were picked up by HMS Candytuft (K 09) (LtCdr F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR) escorting convoy OB-341, but one man died the next night onboard the corvette. The surviving 6 men were taken to St. Johns, Newfoundland. One of the men spent over 6 months in a hospital before going back to Iceland.
|On board||We have details of 20 people who were on board.|
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