Ships hit by U-boats


Finnish Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,317 tons
Completed1904 - John Readhead & Sons, South Shields 
OwnerRederi-A/B Snabb (Algot Johansson), Mariehamn 
Date of attack3 Jun 1940Nationality:      Finnish
FateSunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)
Position45° 51'N, 14° 15'W - Grid BE 6872
Complement21 (1 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteGlasgow - Greenock - Dakar 
History Completed in March 1904 as British Tregarthen for Hain SS Co Ltd (E. Hain & Son), St. Ives. 1911 sold to France and renamed Frank Delmas for Delmas Frères, La Rochelle. 1920 transferred to Cie Delmas Frères & Vieljeux, La Rochelle. 1933 sold to Greece and renamed Mari Chandris for John D. Chandris, Piraeus. 1936 sold to Finland and renamed Snabb
Notes on event

At 04.56 hours on 3 June 1940 U-37 opened fire with all weapons on the unescorted and neutral Snabb (Master Hannes Gustafsson) about 280 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre. The Germans had failed to notice the neutrality markings on the side of the ship as they were not illuminated, but immediately ceased fire after she sent a distress signal with her name. After the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats the Snabb was sunk by gunfire about one hour later. The second officer was killed. The master and 19 crew members (16 of them wounded) were later picked up by the Greek steam merchant Kyriakoula and landed at Cork on 6 June.

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