Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,378 tons
Completed1909 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerÅngfartygs-A/B Tirfing (A. Brostrom), Gothenburg 
Date of attack28 Sep 1939Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-16 (Hannes Weingaertner)
Position58° 51'N, 5° 00'E - Grid AN 3128
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteNarvik - Stavanger - Amsterdam - Antwerp/Ramsgate 
CargoIron ore 
History Completed in June 1909 
Notes on event

At 00.30 hours on 28 September 1939 the unescorted and neutral Nyland was stopped by U-16 about 25 miles west-southwest of Stavanger, Norway. The master of the vessel boarded the U-boat and reported that he does not have the papers, because they fell overboard. At 04.30 hours, a boarding party under command of the LI went over to the ship and found a telegram that the ship should go to Ramsgate instead of Antwerp. At 07.20 hours, the boarding party came back and the Swedish crew was ordered to abandon ship in the lifeboats. They brought the master to the boats and gave them supplies before sinking the ship by a torpedo at 08.25 hours. The crew was picked up by the Norwegian minelayer Olav Tryggvason.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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