Ships hit by U-boats

Canadian Reefer

Danish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

NameCanadian Reefer
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,831 tons
Completed1936 - Nakskov Skibsv√¶rft A/S, Nakskov 
OwnerJ. Lauritzen, Copenhagen 
Date of attack18 Jan 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-44 (Ludwig Mathes)
Position42° 39'N, 9° 42'W - Grid CG 2228
Complement26 (0 dead and 26 survivors).
RouteHaifa - Glasgow 
CargoOranges and grapefruits 
History Completed in February 1936 
Notes on event

At 10.19 hours on 18 January 1940 the unescorted and neutral Canadian Reefer was ordered to stop by U-44 about 20 miles west-southwest of Cape Finisterre. The crew was given 30 minutes to abandon ship because she carried cargo for Britain. One G7e torpedo fired at the stopped vessel at 11.20 hours was a dud. Six minutes later one G7a torpedo was fired that struck on starboard side amidships in the fuel bunker and set the ship on fire. The Canadian Reefer slowly settled on an even keel and then sank vertically by the stern with a slight list to port about 15 minutes after being hit. The survivors were picked up by the Spanish trawler Jose Ignacio de C. at 16.00 hours and landed at Coruna, Spain the next day.


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