Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Motor merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2861

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,246 tons
Completed1921 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerRederi-A/B Transatlantic, Gothenburg 
Date of attack12 Jan 1942Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-43 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position57° 00'N, 26° 00'W - Grid AL 1938
Complement40 (38 dead and 2 survivors).
ConvoyHX-168 (straggler)
RouteBombay - Halifax (2 Jan) - Hull 
Cargo4696 tons of copra, 300 tons of manganese ore, 80 tons of trucks and eight aircraft 
History Completed in March 1921. In December 1923 collided with the Danish steam merchant Hermod at Schelde, both ships were badly damaged. Yngaren was repaired at Gothenburg, but was again damaged when rammed by the Spanish steam merchant Villa Franca at Schelde in 1925. 
Notes on event

At 08.02 hours on 12 Jan 1942 the unescorted Yngaren, a straggler from convoy HX-168 due to bad weather, was hit by two torpedoes from U-43 in heavy seas and sank within one minute about 600 miles west of Ireland. The master, 31 crew members and six British passengers were lost. On 10 February, two survivors (a Swede and a Dane) on a raft were spotted by a Hudson aircraft from the Coastal Command. They were picked up the next day by a British fishing trawler that was directed to them by a Catalina flying boat.

On boardWe have details of 40 people who were on board

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