Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,640 tons
Completed1937 - Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg 
OwnerRederi-A/B Svenska Lloyd, Gothenburg 
Date of attack22 Jan 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-51 (Dietrich Knorr)
Position57° 46'N, 9° 50'W - Grid AM 2689
Complement23 (12 dead and 11 survivors).
RouteUddevalla, Sweden (17 Jan) - Genoa, Italy 
CargoPaper pulp and sulphate 
History Completed in August 1937 
Notes on event

At 09.33 hours on 22 Jan 1940 the unescorted and neutral Gothia was hit in the bow by a torpedo from U-51, developed a list to port and sank after one hour about 45 miles west by north of St. Kilda, Scotland. Three crew members were lost. The Germans did not see the nationality markings and only identified the vessel after she was already hit. The survivors abandoned ship in two lifeboats and one of them reached the Hebrides, but the other with nine occupants was never seen again.

On boardWe have details of 14 people who were on board

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