Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,981 tons
Completed1897 - Campbeltown Shipbuilding Co, Campbeltown, Argyllshire 
OwnerRederi-A/B Sigyn (H. Lundgren), Helsingborg 
Date of attack1 Aug 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-59 (Joachim Matz)
Position56° 10'N, 9° 25'W - Grid AM 5273
Complement23 (0 dead and 23 survivors).
RouteBuctouche, New Brunswick - Sunderland 
Cargo765 fathoms of pit props 
History Completed in November 1897 for Wicanders Rederi-A/B (H. Wicander), Stockholm. 1912 transferred to Rederi-A/B Svea, Stockholm. 1931 sold to Rederi-A/B Sigyn, Helsingborg. 
Notes on event

At 03.45 hours on 1 August 1940 the unescorted Sigyn was hit in aft part by one torpedo from U-59 and sank by the stern with a sharp list about 70 miles northwest of Tory Island. The ship had been spotted at 01.57 hours and missed with two torpedoes at 02.17 and 03.43 hours. The survivors were picked up by HMS Warwick (D 25) (LtCdr M.A.G. Child, RN) later that day and landed at Liverpool on 3 August.

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