Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Het Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,770 tons
Completed1921 - NV Werf Gusto v/h Firma A.F. Smulders, Schiedam 
OwnerMurmanskoe Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (MGMP), Murmansk 
Date of attack14 Oct 1942Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-592 (Carl Borm)
Position69° 45'N, 60° 45'E - Grid AT 8765
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteKara Sea (14 Oct) - Belushja Bay - Iceland 
History Completed in March 1921 as Dutch Vechtdijk for Solleveld, v.d. Meer & T.H. van Hattum’s Stoomvaart Mij, Rotterdam. 1930 renamed Galgewater for Stoomvaart Mij Nederlandsche Lloyd, Rotterdam. 1935 sold to the Soviet Union and renamed Shchors. Since 5 May 1942, the ship was assigned to the Northern Fleet as auxiliary transport. 
Notes on event

On 14 Oct 1942 the Shchors (Master A.T. Kudlaj) struck a mine laid on 13 October by U-592 off the western entrance to the Yugor Strait. The ship was the fourth ship in the column of a convoy and had just left it without permission to determinate a compass deviation. After the explosion, the escort vessels dropped depth charges, but after the detonation of two mines it became clear that the ship had been mined. She was taken in tow by the Soviet minesweepers T-879 (No 54) and T-905 (No 59) to Belushja Bay under escort of the Soviet patrol vessel SKR-28 Rubin, but at 18.05 hours the vessel sank in shallow waters (11 meters) in 69°38N/60°09E.


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