Ships hit by U-boats


Estonian Steam merchant

Mina under her former name Southwood. Photo courtesy of Richard Cox

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,173 tons
Completed1899 - William Dobson & Co, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerJ. Michelmann & J. Adamson & Co, Pärnu 
Date of attack13 Dec 1939Nationality:      Estonian
FateSunk by U-57 (Claus Korth)
Position52° 15'N, 2° 05'E - Grid AN 8447
Complement17 (17 dead - no survivors)
RouteLondon (12 Dec) - Hull - Gothenburg 
History Completed in November 1899 as British Southwood for C.F.Cory-Wright, London. 1914 sold to Italy and renamed Santa Croce for G. Malinconico, Torre del Greco. 1916 returned to Britain and renamed Southwood for Cambo Shipping Co, Middlesbrough. 1918 renamed Melrose Abbey for Melrose Abbey Shipping Co Ltd (F. Jones & Co), Cardiff. 1919 renamed Shenstone for B.J. Morgan & Co, Cardiff. 1925 sold to Greece and renamed Dolly for J. Mesene, Ithaka. 1927 sold to L.A. Karystinakis, Andros. 1928 sold to Estonia and renamed Mina for J. Michelmann, Pärnu. 1932 transferred to J. Michelmann & J. Adamson & Co, Pärnu. 
Notes on event

At 19.15 hours on 13 December 1939 the unescorted and neutral Mina was hit in the stern by one G7e torpedo from U-57 about 20 miles southeast of Lowestoft and broke in two. The stern part sank immediately and the fore part within 30 seconds. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 19.03 hours.


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