Estonian Steam merchant
|Completed||1913 - A. Vuijk & Zonen, Capelle an der Ijssel|
|Owner||J. Rang, Tallinn|
|Date of attack||30 Jun 1940||Nationality: Estonian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-26 (Heinz Scheringer)|
|Position||48° 26'N, 10° 58'W - Grid BF 1784|
|Complement||17 (4 dead and 13 survivors).|
|Route||Lisbon (25 Jun) - Garston - Acton Grange|
|History||Completed in January 1913 as Dutch Yssel for NV Houtvaart (Vinke & Co), Rotterdam. 1936 sold to Estonia and renamed Merkur. |
|Notes on event|
At 19.30 hours on 30 June 1940 the unescorted and unarmed Merkur (Master Verner Birk) was hit by one torpedo from U-26 and sank about 232 miles west of Ushant. Four crew members were lost. On 2 July, the survivors, eleven men and two women, were picked up from a lifeboat by HMS Gardenia (K 99) (LtCdr T.A.O. Ellis, RNR) in position 48°55N, 10°54W and landed at Greenock.
|On board||We have details of 17 people who were on board.|
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