Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,018 tons
Completed1919 - De Haan & Oerlemans, Heusden 
OwnerRederi-A/B Sylvia (Albert Billner), Gothenburg 
Date of attack8 Oct 1939Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-37 (Werner Hartmann)
Position61° 13'N, 0° 08'E - Grid AF 7974
Complement18 (9 dead and 9 survivors).
RouteGothenburg (3 Oct) - Hull 
CargoGeneral cargo, including steel and paper pulp 
History Completed in August 1919 as Danish Markersdal for A.W. Andersen. 1923 renamed Netta for W.C. Lynn & Co. 1929 sold to Sweden and renamed Bara for Sydsvenske Rederi-A/B (Sven P. Larsson), Malmö. 1937 renamed Vistula for Rederi-A/B Sylvia (Albert Billner), Gothenburg. 
Notes on event

At 14.04 hours on 8 October 1939 the unescorted and neutral Vistula was stopped by U-37 with a shot across her bow about 35 miles northeast of Muckle Flugga, Shetland Islands. It was found that the ship was carrying contraband and she was sunk with 14 rounds from the deck gun at 15.00 hours. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats, was provided by the Germans with food and then set sails for the nearby Shetland Islands.

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