Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,494 tons
Completed1931 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore 
OwnerStone & Rolfe Ltd, Llanelly 
Date of attack1 May 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position8° 35'N, 16° 17'W - Grid ET 2829
Complement20 (1 dead and 19 survivors).
RouteBathurst - Freetown- UK 
Cargo1316 tons of groundnuts 
History Completed in May 1931 as Danish Samsø for A/S D/S Heimdal (Martin Carl), Elsinore. In 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 18.34 hours on 1 May 1941 the unescorted Samsø (Master Hefarn Madsorn) was hit near the aft mast by one torpedo from U-103 southwest of Freetown and sank slowly in 50 minutes. One crew member was lost. The master and 18 crew members in three lifeboats landed at Los Island, French Guinea on 3 May, were taken to Conakry and thence to Freetown on 16 May.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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