Swedish Steam merchant
|Completed||1911 - R. & W. Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd, Hebburn-on-Tyne|
|Owner||A/B Svenska Ostasiatiska Kompaniet, Gothenburg|
|Date of attack||4 May 1941||Nationality: Swedish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)|
|Position||10° 15'N, 16° 33'W - Grid ET 2137|
|Complement||54 (0 dead and 54 survivors).|
|Route||Newport - Milford Haven - Freetown - Middle East|
|Cargo||General cargo and coal|
|History||Completed in December 1911 |
|Notes on event|
At 18.29 hours on 4 May 1941 the unescorted and unarmed Japan (Master Lars Hugo Berggren), dispersed from convoy OB-310 on 18 April, was missed by two G7e torpedoes from U-38 249 miles northwest of Freetown. The U-boat then surfaced and began shelling the ship, setting the cargo in the forward holds on fire after three or four hits. The crew had stopped the engines when the U-boat surfaced nearby and immediately abandoned ship in two lifeboats when it opened fire. The barrel of the deck gun burst after the ninth round, slightly injuring some members of the gun crew. At 19.15 hours, a coup de grâce was fired that hit aft and caused the ship to sink vertically by the stern after one hour, still burning. On 7 May, the crew and four passengers made landfall at the coast of French Guinea and were interned by the Vichy French authorities. They were later transferred to Marseilles and the 27 Swedish crew members were allowed to return to Sweden.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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