Ships hit by U-boats


Finnish Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,596 tons
Completed1907 - W. Beardmore & Co Ltd, Dalmuir 
OwnerSuomen Kalastus O/Y, Helsinki 
Date of attack10 Jul 1940Nationality:      Finnish
FateSunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)
Position51° 08'N, 9° 22'W - Grid AM 8875
Complement38 (4 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteRosario, Argentina - Buenos Aires - Cork, Ireland 
Cargo4477 tons of maize and 1523 tons of grain 
History Completed in September 1907 as British Junin for Pacific Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Liverpool. 1926 renamed Cambrian Idylle for William Thomas Shipping Co Ltd (R.J. Thomas & Co Ltd), Liverpool. 1930 sold to Finland and renamed Petsamo for H.A. Elfving, Hang√∂. 
Notes on event

At 14.26 hours on 10 July 1940 the Petsamo (Master Eric Hjelt) was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-34, broke in two and sank within 20 minutes. Four stokers on watch below were killed. The U-boat had needed six hours to get into a favorable firing position and sank the ship in sight of the Irish coast. In the evening, the master and 33 crew members made landfall at Baltimore, Ireland.

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