Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,877 tons
Completed1924 - A/S Bergens Mekaniske Verksteder, Bergen 
OwnerRederi-A/B Iris (S. Abrahamsen), Stockholm 
Date of attack20 Dec 1939Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-22 (Karl-Heinrich Jenisch)
Position55° 04'N, 1° 24'W - Grid AN 5461
Complement22 (7 dead and 15 survivors).
RouteKöpmanholmen, Sweden - Helsingborg - London 
CargoWood pulp 
History Completed in January 1924 as Norwegian Ida for Knut Knutsen O.A.S., Haugesund. 1936 sold to Sweden and renamed Mars
Notes on event

At 14.30 hours on 20 December 1939 the Mars struck a mine, laid earlier the same day by U-22 and sank about one mile east of St. Mary’s Lighthouse near Blyth. Nine of the survivors, four of them injured, were landed at North Shields a few hours later.


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