Swedish Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad|
|Owner||Skeppsredare Anders Smith, Stockholm|
|Date of attack||7 Jul 1940||Nationality: Swedish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)|
|Position||50° 06'N, 10° 23'W - Grid BF 1196|
|Complement||20 (0 dead and 20 survivors).|
|Route||St. John’s, Newfoundland (29 Jun) - Ridham Dock|
|Cargo||Pulp wood and pit props|
|History||Completed in March 1920 as Norwegian Odnes for Skips A/S Fagernes (H.J. Hansen), Kristiania. In August 1921 sold to Sweden and renamed Isa for Trelleborgs Ångfartygs Nya A/B (F. Malmros), Trelleborg. In December 1935 sold to Norway and renamed Kongsgaard for D/S A/S Firda (Brødrene Olsen), Stavanger. In August 1936 sold to Sweden and renamed Bissen for Skeppsredare Anders Smith, Stockholm. |
|Notes on event|
At 23.12 hours on 7 July 1940 the unescorted and unarmed Bissen (Master E. Svensson) was hit ahead of amidships by one torpedo from U-99 about 80 miles south-southwest of Cape Clear, Ireland. The explosion threw parts of the deck cargo all over the ship, blew a raft overboard and caused the ship to settle quickly by the head. The crew immediately abandoned ship in two lifeboats and noticed too late that the second officer was still aboard. It was difficult to get back to the sinking Bissen as the engines were still running and the ship was steaming slowly in circles, but after several attempts the boat in charge of the master managed to rescue him. The U-boat had to leave the area shortly after the attack because a destroyer was sighted. The survivors were picked up about one hour later by HMS Broke (D 83) (Cdr B.G. Scurfield, RN) and landed at Plymouth on 9 July.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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