Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Foxen under her former name Askø. Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,304 tons
Completed1920 - Stavanger Støberi & Dokk, Stavanger 
OwnerO.F. Ahlmark & Co Eftr-A/B (Martin Carl), Karlstad 
Date of attack18 Jan 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-55 (Werner Heidel)
Position58° 52'N, 0° 22'W - Grid AN 41
Complement19 (17 dead and 2 survivors).
RouteGarston - Gothenburg 
CargoPit coal 
History Completed in February 1920 as Norwegian Patria for Jespersen & Madsen. 1925 sold to Denmark and renamed Askø for D/S Heimdal (Martin Carl), Copenhagen. 1940 sold to Sweden and renamed Foxen
Notes on event

At about 17.45 hours on 18 January 1940 the Foxen (Master Per Henrik Ingemund Ling-Vannérus) broke in two after an explosion and sank within 90 seconds about 85 miles from Pentland Sound. On 24 January, one survivor was picked up by the Norwegian steam merchant Leka. Another survivor had been rescued earlier by another Norwegian ship and taken to Bergen.

There is no corresponding attack report from a U-boat, but it is likely that Foxen was sunk by U-55 which did not return from her patrol.

On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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