Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,475 tons
Completed1906 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland 
OwnerTrafik-A/B Grängesberg-Oxelösund, Stockholm 
Date of attack3 Jan 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-58 (Herbert Kuppisch)
Position57° 48'N, 1° 47'W - Grid AN 1866
Complement31 (20 dead and 11 survivors).
ConvoyHN-6 (romper)
RouteNarvik - Middlesbrough 
CargoIron ore 
History Completed in September 1906 as British Cedargrove for Steamship Mary Co Ltd (Alexander & Arthurs), Glasgow. 1912 sold to Sweden and renamed Svartön for Rederi A/B Lulea-Ofoten (P.A. Welin), Stockholm. 1916 transferred to Trafik-A/B Grängesberg-Oxelösund, Stockholm. 
Notes on event

At 09.11 hours on 3 Jan 1940 the Svartön (Master Bror Emil Larsson), a romper from convoy HN-6, was hit amidships by a G7e torpedo from U-58, broke in two and sank quickly off Kinnaird Head. The master 19 crew members and a Norwegian pilot were lost. The survivors were picked up by HMS Oak (T 54) (Lt C. Edgecombe, RNR).

On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

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