Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,058 tons
Completed1920 - Tyne Iron & SB Co Ltd, Newcastle 
OwnerRederi-A/B Sigyn (H. Lundgren), Helsingborg 
Date of attack26 Sep 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position50° 21'N, 18° 45'W - Grid BE 2272
Complement27 (9 dead and 18 survivors).
RouteCardiff - Lisbon 
History Laid down as War Chine, completed in January 1920 as Pilton for W.J. Tatem Ltd, London. 1938 sold to Sweden and renamed Siljan for Rederi-A/B Sigyn (H. Lundgren), Helsingborg. 
Notes on event

At 21.20 hours on 26 September 1940 the unescorted and neutral Siljan was hit on port side forward by one G7e torpedo from U-46 about 360 miles west of Cape Clear, Ireland. The ship settled by the bow and the crew began to abandon ship when the U-boat went closer to read her name. They suddenly realized that the ship was still making headway at 6-8 knots and turned towards the U-boat, which had a hard time avoiding a collision and went onto a parallel course just beneath the vessel and came clear after a few minutes, but the diving planes were damaged and the U-boat was forced to abort the patrol. The ship sank after 25 minutes without being identified by the Germans.

The survivors were evenly distributed over three lifeboats which later lost contact with each other. The boat in charge of the master made landfall at Ballydavid, Ireland after a strenuous voyage of nine days. The nine occupants of the second officer’s boat were picked up after six days by the French fishing trawler Auguste Maurice and landed in a French port. However, the lifeboat in charge of the chief officer with nine men aboard was never seen again.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

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