Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,996 tons
Completed1921 - Verschure & Co´s Scheepswerf & Maschinefabriek NV, Amsterdam 
OwnerJoh. Gorthon, Helsingborg 
Date of attack18 Oct 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position57° 22'N, 11° 11'W - Grid AM 2922
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteSt. Johns, Newfoundland - Ridham Dock 
Cargo821 cubic fathoms of pulpwood 
History Completed in January 1921 for Rederi-A/B Activ (Joh. Gorthon), Helsingborg. 
Notes on event

Between 20.58 and 21.04 hours on 18 Oct 1940, U-46 fired four single torpedoes at convoy SC-7 about 100 miles west by south of Barra Head and claimed two ships totalling 8000 grt sunk and one ship with 7000 grt damaged. The U-boat is credited with sinking the Beatus and Convallaria in this attack.

The Convallaria stayed afloat for a short time and sank later in position 57°20N/10°40W. The crew was picked up by HMS Fowey (L 15) (Lt C.G. de L. Bush, RN) and landed at Greenock.


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