Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Peter Asklander

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,840 tons
Completed1925 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerRederi-A/B Nordstjernan (Axel Axelson Johnson), Stockholm 
Date of attack24 Feb 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-63 (Günther Lorentz)
Position59° 17'N, 0° 42'W - Grid AN 26
Complement43 (31 dead and 12 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Bahia - Kirkwall - Gothenburg 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in May 1925 
Notes on event

At 21.00 hours on 24 February 1940 the unescorted neutral Santos was torpedoed and sunk by U-63 about 32 miles east-southeast of Fair Isle. Among the 31 casualties were three passengers and six of eight repatriated seamen from the Liana, which had been sunk by U-14 (Wohlfarth) on 16 February. On 25 February, the survivors were picked up by HMS Gallant (H 59) (LtCdr C.P.F. Brown, RN) after being directed to their raft by a Hudson aircraft about 50 miles east of Duncansby Head and landed at Invergordon later the same day.

On boardWe have details of 32 people who were on board

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