Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage2,845 tons
Completed1930 - Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg 
OwnerA/B Svenska Amerika-Mexiko Linien, Gothenburg 
Date of attack18 Aug 1942Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-553 (Karl Thurmann)
Position19° 41'N, 76° 50'W - Grid DM 9691
Complement28 (5 dead and 23 survivors).
RoutePort of Spain, Trinidad - Key West - Halifax 
Cargo4339 tons of bauxite 
History Completed in May 1930 
Notes on event

At 09.13 hours on 18 Aug 1942, U-553 fired a spread of four bow torpedoes and one stern torpedo at convoy TAW-13 about 95 miles west of Guantanamo Bay, observed three hits and reported three ships sunk. In fact, the Blankaholm was sunk by two torpedoes and the John Hancock by one.

On boardWe have details of 8 people who were on board

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