Ships hit by U-boats

Carl Henckel

Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

NameCarl Henckel
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,352 tons
Completed1882 - Thomas Turnbull & Son, Whitby 
OwnerRederi-A/B Henal (P. Trolle-Henckel), Helsingborg 
Date of attack21 Dec 1939Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-21 (Fritz Frauenheim)
Position57° 00'N, 0° 17'E - Grid AN 4733
Complement17 (10 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteLeith - Malmö - Stockholm 
History Completed in November 1882 as British Henrietta for Best Ryley & Co. 1889 renamed Leila for T. Marwood & Sons. 1906 sold to Norway and renamed Severini for H. Skougaard. 1923 sold to Sweden and renamed Harrisborg for Rederi-A/B Orion (H. Sandberg), Helsingborg. 1934 transferred to Rederi-A/B Henal (P. Trolle-Henckel), Helsingborg and renamed Carl Henckel
Notes on event

At 06.50 hours on 21 Dec 1939, U-21 spotted two steamers with lights set but saw no national markings. At 07.25 hours, the first ship, the Mars, was hit by one torpedo and sank within 90 seconds east-northeast of May Island. At 07.42 hours, the second ship, the Carl Henckel (Master Karl Martin Eklund), was hit by one torpedo and stopped, but remained afloat and sank immediately following a coup de grâce at 10.16 hours. One survivor from the first and seven survivors from the second ship were picked up the next day by the Hop and taken to Kristiansand.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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