Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Despatch vessel

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Type:Despatch vessel
Tonnage558 tons
Completed1932 - Zavod No 190 (A. Zhdanov), Leningrad 
OwnerSoviet Navy 
Date of attack6 Aug 1941Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-652 (Georg-Werner Fraatz)
Position69° 18'N, 35° 00'E - Grid AC 8947
Complement57 (45 dead and 12 survivors).
RouteIokanga (6 Aug) - Teriberka 
History Launched in September 1932 as steam trawler RT-70 for Sevgosrybtrest/NKRP. 1938 renamed RT-70 Kapitan Voronin. On 29 Jul 1941 requisitioned by the Soviet Navy and used as despatch vessel PS-70 in the Northern Fleet. 
Notes on event

At 19.00 hours on 6 Aug 1941 the PS-70 was struck on port side aft by one G7e torpedo from U-652 while en route alone about seven miles northwest of Cape Teriberskij. A lookout had spotted the periscope of the U-boat in a distance of only 400 meters just before the torpedo explosion, too late to take evasive action. The vessel settled rapidly by the stern with a list to port and sank in less than one minute. The survivors were rescued by Soviet motorboats that were sent from the nearby coast.

This was the first U-boat success in the Northern theater.


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