Ships hit by U-boats


Estonian Steam merchant

Reet under her former name Mudir

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage815 tons
Completed1904 - Helsingborgs Varfs A/B, Helsingborg 
OwnerA. Jürgenthal, Haapsalu 
Date of attack3 Feb 1940Nationality:      Estonian
FateSunk by U-58 (Herbert Kuppisch)
Position58° 45'N, 0° 36'E - Grid AN 4241
Complement18 (18 dead - no survivors)
RouteMethil (31 Jan) - Gothenburg 
History Completed in July 1904 as Swedish Mudir for Motala Rederi A/B (G.F. Petterson), Motala. 1920 renamed Larus for Svenska Sockerfabriks A/B (C.F. Tranchell), Malmö. 1936 renamed Solveig for Rederi A/B C.A. Blidberg & Co, Gothenburg. 1938 sold to Estonia and renamed Reet for A. Jürgenthal, Haapsalu. 
Notes on event

At 09.36 hours on 3 February 1940 the unescorted and neutral Reet was hit on the starboard side by one G7e torpedo from U-58 and sank in less than four minutes about 80 miles east-southeast of Fair Isle. The U-boat had chased the ship for 13 hours, missing with the first two torpedoes at 02.15 and 04.52 hours and eventually firing the third torpedo from a distance of less than 300 meters. The Reet was reported missing after leaving Methil on 31 January.


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