Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,654 tons
Completed1938 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore 
OwnerDet Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen 
Date of attack21 Mar 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position60° 17'N, 2° 49'W - Grid AN 1271
Complement23 (5 dead and 18 survivors).
RouteNew York - Oslo - Copenhagen 
CargoGeneral cargo, including 302 tons of copper, 228 tons of tin, 130 bottles of mercury and 11 Studebaker motor cars 
History Completed in June 1938 
Notes on event

At 01.05 hours on 21 March 1940 the neutral Algier was hit by a stern torpedo from U-38 and sank by the stern with a list to port after 10 minutes about 15 miles north-northwest of Foula, Shetlands. The ship had been missed with a first torpedo at 23.24 hours the day before. Four crew members and a passenger were lost. The survivors abandoned ship in a lifeboat, were picked up by the British trawler Manx King and landed at Scalloway the same day.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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