Ships hit by U-boats

Leise Mærsk

British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

NameLeise Mærsk
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,136 tons
Completed1921 - Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller, Odense 
OwnerBurnett SS Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack23 Nov 1940Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)
Position55° 30'N, 11° 00'W - Grid AM 4662
Complement24 (17 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteThree Rivers - Sydney (9 Nov) - Sharpness 
Cargo4500 tons of grain and general cargo 
History Completed in August 1921 as Danish Leise Mærsk (2925 grt) for A.P. Møller, Copenhagen. 1932 lenghtened. 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 08.02 hours on 23 Nov 1940 the Leise Mærsk (Master Peter Konge Mortensen) in convoy SC-11 was torpedoed and sunk by U-100 about 120 miles west of Rockall. The master and 16 crew members were lost. Seven crew members were picked up by a Dutch salvage tug and landed at Campbeltown.

On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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