Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,646 tons
Completed1898 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerRederi-A/B Lerberget, Helsingborg 
Date of attack16 Feb 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-14 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position57° 51'N, 2° 00'W - Grid AN 1853
Complement20 (10 dead and 10 survivors).
RouteBlyth - Halmstad, Sweden 
History Completed in in April 1898 as Emanuel for Rederi-A/B Helsingborg (N.C. Corfitzon), Helsingborg. 1916 transferred to Rederi-A/B Svecia (J.P. Jönsson), Landskrona. 1917 sold to Ångfartygs-A/B Tirfing, Gothenburg and renamed Roland. 1919 renamed Jaffa for Rederi-A/B Sverige - Levanten (V.R. Olburs), Gothenburg. 1925 renamed Liana for Rederi-A/B Lerberget (Fänges & Pahlssons Rederier), 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 Liana sank by the stern within one minute after being hit aft by one G7a torpedo. Ten 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. Eight of these survivors went aboard Santos for repatriation to Sweden, but the ship was sunk by U-63 (Lorentz) on 24 February with the loss of six men from the Liana.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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