Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,270 tons
Completed1922 - NV Scheepswerf Voorheen Jan Smit Czn, Alblasserdam 
OwnerA/S D/S Dannebrog (C.K. Hansen), Copenhagen 
Date of attack21 Mar 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position60° 17'N, 2° 49'W - Grid AN 1342
Complement25 (1 dead and 24 survivors).
RoutePhiladelphia - Frederikhavn - Copenhagen 
Cargo4107 tons of maize 
History Completed in February 1922 
Notes on event

At 03.26 hours on 21 March 1940 the neutral Christiansborg was hit in the foreship by one torpedo from U-38 and broke in two. The ship had been missed by a stern torpedo at 02.56 hours. The forepart sank in 60°15N/02°40W and the afterpart was shelled and sunk by the British armed boarding vessel HMS Discovery II later the same day. The survivors were picked up by the British vessel and taken to Kirkwall.

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