Ships hit by U-boats

Sea Venture

British Steam merchant

NameSea Venture
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,327 tons
Completed1930 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerDover Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack20 Oct 1939Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)
Position60° 50'N, 0° 15'E - Grid AN 2131
Complement25 (0 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteTyne - Tromsø, Norway 
Cargo3000 tons of coal 
History Completed in September 1930 
Notes on event

At 10.58 hours on 20 Oct 1939, U-34 tried to stop the unescorted Sea Venture (Master Charles Swanson Tate) with three shots across the bow about 50 miles northeast of the Shetland Islands, but the ship returned fire inaccurately and tried to escape so the U-boat shelled her until the crew abandoned ship at 11.23 hours. She was sunk by a coup de grâce at 13.40 hours. The master and 24 crew members were picked up by the Lerwick lifeboat and landed at Lerwick, Shetland Islands.

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