Ships hit by U-boats


Icelandic Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,564 tons
Completed1930 - Frederikshavns Vaerft & Flydedok A/S, Frederikshavn 
OwnerH/f Eimskipaf√©lag √ćslands, Reykjavik 
Date of attack21 Feb 1945Nationality:      Icelandic
FateSunk by U-1064 (Karl-Hermann Schneidewind)
Position55° 03'N, 5° 29'W - Grid AM 6547
Complement44 (15 dead and 29 survivors).
RouteNew York - Belfast Lough - Reykjavik 
Cargo1300 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in September 1930 
Notes on event

At 08.39 hours on 21 Feb 1945, U-1064 attacked convoy UR-155 about 25 miles out of Belfast and reported three ships of totalling 17,000 tons sunk. In fact, only the Dettifoss was hit and sank within seven minutes. Twelve crew members and three passengers were lost. 29 survivors were picked up after an hour by HMS Fusilier (T 305) (T/Lt K.E.B. Howell, RNVR), taken to Scotland and later to Iceland. The sinking of Dettifoss was a harsh blow so soon after the loss of Godafoss. All public activities in Iceland were cancelled on 24 February.

On boardWe have details of 44 people who were on board

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