Ships hit by U-boats

Erik Frisell

Swedish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

NameErik Frisell
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,066 tons
Completed1926 - A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg 
OwnerTrafik-A/B Grängesberg-Oxelösund, Stockholm 
Date of attack19 May 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position57° 25'N, 9° 15'W - Grid AM 2885
Complement34 (0 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Reykjavik - Liverpool 
History Completed in July 1926 
Notes on event

At 06.31 hours on 19 May 1940 the unescorted Erik Frisell was hit by one G7a torpedo from U-37 and stopped. The crew abandoned ship only after the U-boat fired a shot across the bow and the Germans had to order them back to the ship to take the last two men off. Afterwards the ship was sunk by gunfire. She had orginally been en route to Stockholm but was ordered to Liverpool. The survivors were picked up by the British armed trawler HMS Cobbers and landed at Stornoway.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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