Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,339 tons
Completed1906 - Sunderland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerDet Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen 
Date of attack9 Dec 1939Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-20 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position57° 48'N, 0° 35'W - Grid AN 4754
Complement19 (18 dead and 1 survivor).
RouteDenmark - Methil 
History Completed in May 1906 for A/S D/S Carl (L.H. Carl), Copenhagen. On 18 May 1917, the neutral Magnus was taken as prize by UC-79 (Haecker) in the Skagerrak, but later released. 
Notes on event

At 19.21 hours on 9 Dec 1939 the unescorted and neutral Magnus was hit in the forward hold by one torpedo from U-20 about 40 miles east-northeast of Peterhead. The foreship settled quickly and the vessel sank bow first within 90 seconds. The ship had been missed at 18.41 hours with a first torpedo. The survivor was picked up by the British steam trawler Philippe on 13 December.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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