Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,526 tons
Completed1903 - Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough 
OwnerRederi-A/B Nordkap (Helge W. Winck), Helsingborg 
Date of attack16 Feb 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-14 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position57° 51'N, 2° 00'W - Grid AN 1853
Complement20 (13 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteBlyth - Halmstad, Sweden 
History Completed in June 1903 as Mineral for Oxelösunds Rederi-A/B (Tham), Oxelösund. 1923 renamed Osmed for Rederi-A/B Nordkap (Helge W. Winck), Helsingborg. 
Notes on event

At 21.25 hours on 16 February 1940 U-14 attacked two ships about 10 miles north of Kinnaird Head and first torpedoed the Osmed and ten minutes later the Liana.

The Osmed sank by the bow with a list to starboard within two minutes after being hit on starboard side amidships by one G7a torpedo. 13 crew members were lost. Ten survivors from Liana and seven from Osmed were later picked up from a raft by the British trawler Loch Hope in position 58°07N/02°12W and landed at Scrabster.

On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

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