Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,487 tons
Completed1917 - Robert Thompson & Sons, Sunderland 
OwnerMurmanskoe Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (MGMP), Murmansk 
Date of attack18 Oct 1941Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-132 (Ernst Vogelsang)
Position67° 41'N, 41° 03'E - Grid AW 2644
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteArkhangelsk (18 Oct) - Iokanga 
History Completed in July 1917 as British Sunray for Scarisbrick SS Co Ltd (Elvidge & Morgan), Cardiff. 1934 sold to Soviet Union and renamed Argun
Notes on event

At 13.20 hours on 18 Oct 1941 the unescorted Argun (Master V.A. Greschner) was hit on the starboard side at the bow by one torpedo from U-132 five miles off the Gorodetzkij lighthouse. At 13.40 hours, a first coup de grĂ¢ce detonated prematurely, but a second fired 20 minutes later hit amidships and caused the ship to sink. When lost, the ship was under command of the pilot Klt I.M. Ljubimov. The crew and passengers abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were later picked up by the Soviet hydrographic vessel Mgla (Master I.E. Gorschkov), which was probably the icebreaker attacked by the U-boat at 15.05 hours, but the G7a torpedo hit the ground.


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