Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,281 tons
Completed1920 - F. Schichau GmbH, Elbing, Danzig 
OwnerMarius Nielsen & Søn, Copenhagen 
Date of attack26 Apr 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-13 (Max-Martin Schulte)
Position58° 57'N, 4° 12'W - Grid AN 1524
Complement23 (23 dead - no survivors)
RouteFowey (2 Apr) - Kirkwall (25 Apr) - Preston 
CargoChina clay 
History Completed in August 1920 
Notes on event

At 01.17 hours on 26 April 1940 the unescorted and unarmed Lily (Master O.P. Sørensen) was struck on port side between the bridge and forward mast by one G7a torpedo from U-13 while steaming at 8 knots in a calm sea about 11 miles southeast of Sule Skerry, Orkney Islands. The explosion broke off the bow and caused the ship to sink within 45 seconds. The U-boat had hit the vessel with a first torpedo at 00.28 hours, but it did not detonate. The Lily was reported missing after leaving Kirkwall with a British prize crew (one officer and five ratings) aboard.

On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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