Ships hit by U-boats


Estonian Steam merchant

Photo taken by German aircraft in the Baltic Sea on 15 March 1940. Photo courtesy of Erling Skjold

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,908 tons
Completed1917 - Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerAlexander Inkapööl (E. Jakobson & others), Tallinn 
Date of attack11 May 1940Nationality:      Estonian
FateSunk by U-9 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position51° 22'N, 2° 26'E - Grid AN 8749
Complement20 (15 dead and 5 survivors).
RouteAntwerp - Miami 
History Completed in June 1917 as Flamma for Gas, Light & Coke Co (Stephenson Clarke), London. 1936 sold to Estland and renamed Viiu
Notes on event

At 00.49 hours on 11 May 1940 the unescorted Viiu was hit near the bridge by one G7e torpedo from U-9 and sank within one minute off the Westhinder Buoy. The five survivors were picked up by HMS Arctic Hunter (FY 1614) (T/Skr G.W. Moore, RNR) ten miles east of Noss Head.

On 10 May, the Viiu had picked up survivors from the British steam merchant Henry Woodall (625 grt), which had been mined and sunk that day three miles east of Withernsea.


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