Ships hit by U-boats


Estonian Steam merchant

Anu under her former name Excelsior. Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,421 tons
Completed1883 - J. Readhead & Co, South Shields 
OwnerA. Saarna & G.H. Dahlgren, Haapsalu 
Date of attack6 Feb 1940Nationality:      Estonian
FateSunk by U-13 (Heinz Scheringer)
Position56° 27'N, 2° 36'W - Grid AN 0179
Complement? men (7 dead and ? survivors).
RouteGothenburg - Aberdeen - Dundee 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Built as British Wylo for Gracie, Beazley & Co. 1896 sold to Sweden and renamed Billio for G.L. Vatis, Grekland. 1899 sold to Rederi-A/B Excelsior (J. Persson), Helsingborg and renamed Excelsior. 1913 transferred to Rederi-A/B Polaris and 1916 sold to H. Unérs A/B, Norrköping. 1917 transferred to Robert Göhle and 1921 sold to Joh. Gorthon, Helsingborg. 1921 sold to Rederi-A/B Cecil (G.F. Persson), Landskrona and 1934 to A/B G.H. Dahlgren, Helsingborg. 1939 sold to Estonia and renamed Anu
Notes on event

On 6 February 1940 the Anu (Master Johannes Raudsoo) struck a mine, laid on 12 December 1939 by U-13, off the entrance to River Tay and sank. The master, his wife and four crew members were lost. The cook later died of burns in a hospital in Dundee.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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