Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,146 tons
Completed1921 - Unterweser Schiffbau-Ges. AG, Weserm├╝nde-Lehe 
OwnerJ. Lauritzen, Copenhagen 
Date of attack25 Mar 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-47 (G├╝nther Prien)
Position60° 00'N, 4° 19'W - Grid AN 1194
Complement18 (13 dead and 5 survivors).
RouteKalundborg, Denmark - Liverpool 
History Completed in December 1921 
Notes on event

At 05.40 hours on 25 March 1940 the neutral Britta was hit in the forepart by one torpedo from U-47 and sank slowly about 40 miles northwest of Sule Skerry. The ship had been spotted at 04.30 hours and missed by a first torpedo at 05.19 hours. The survivors were picked up by the Danish steam merchant Nancy of the same company that sailed together with the ship and were taken to Swansea.

On boardWe have details of 13 people who were on board

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