Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,375 tons
Completed1921 - Kjobenhavns Flydedok & Skibsv√¶rft A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerDet Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen 
Date of attack17 Mar 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position60° 47'N, 0° 30'W - Grid AN 2125
Complement33 (33 dead - no survivors)
RouteCopenhagen (13 Mar) - Las Palmas - South America 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in December 1921 as Danish Polarhavet for O.J. Eskildsen, Copenhagen. 1924 renamed Argentina for Det Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen. 
Notes on event

On 13 March 1940 the neutral Argentina left Copenhagen and was reported missing in the North Sea, after sending her last radio messsage on 17 March.

At 23.25 hours on 17 March 1940 U-38 fired a spread of two torpedoes at an illuminated steamer of about 5000 grt east of Unst, Shetlands. The ship sank 10 minutes after being hit by one torpedo. The victim must have been the Argentina.

On boardWe have details of 32 people who were on board

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