Ships hit by U-boats

King Erik

British Steam trawler

NameKing Erik
Type:Steam trawler
Tonnage228 tons
Completed1899 - Cochrane & Cooper Ltd, Selby 
OwnerBoston Deep Sea Fishing Co Ltd, Fleetwood 
Date of attack6 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-141 (Philipp Schüler)
Position61° 00'N, 10° 50'W - Grid AE 8996
Complement15 (15 dead - no survivors)
RouteFleetwood (3 Sep) - Tobermory (5 Sep) - Iceland 
History Completed in April 1899 as King Erik (GY10) for Viking Steam Fishing Co Ltd, Grimsby. In September 1904 sold to Norway and registered at Sandefjord with number SD33 for Aktieselsk Kingerik, Sandefjord, Norway. In March 1915 returned to British registry at Grimsby with number GY474 for Frank Barrett and on 11 April 1915 requisitioned by the Admiralty as auxiliary minesweeper HMT King Erik (Ad.No. 1368), armed with one 3pdr gun and based in Egypt. In March 1919 returned to owner and in April 1920 sold to Direct Fish Supplies Ltd (George William Payne Margarson), London. In October 1922 sold to Thomas William Baskcomb, Grimsby. In May 1940 sold to Boston Deep Sea Fishing Co Ltd (Basil A. Parkes), Fleetwood. 
Notes on event

At 23.30 hours on 6 Sep 1941, U-141 fired one torpedo at the King Erik (Skipper Francis Henry Davidson), which was hit after 53 seconds and sank immediately after a heavy explosion about 120 miles west-southwest of the Faroe Islands. The trawler had stopped in Tobermory to carry out repairs and was reported missing after leaving on 5 September.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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