Ships hit by U-boats


Finnish Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,540 tons
Completed1882 - W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool 
OwnerRederi-A/B Signe (Arvid Abrahamsson), Mariehamn 
Date of attack2 Apr 1940Nationality:      Finnish
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position59° 21'N, 1° 12'W - Grid AN 2671
Complement19 (19 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyHN-23A (straggler)
RouteGothenburg - Bergen (30 Mar) - Burntisland 
History Completed as British Storra Lee for J.H. Murrell & Co, West Hartlepool. 1895 sold to Sweden and renamed Edith for Carl Henckel, Helsingborg. 1899 sold to Nils P. Swensson, Helsingborg. 1917 sold to Ernst Svedelius, Stockholm. 1918 sold to A/B Rederikompaniet (C.O. Daniel), Stockholm. 1920 renamed Glan for Rederi-A/B Motala Ström (Rob. Göhle), Norrköping. 1922 renamed Signe for Rederi-A/B Signe (Herm. Swensson), Helsingborg. 1924 transferred to Rederi-A/B Signe (Aug. Andersson), Helsingborg. 1939 sold to Finland. 
Notes on event

At 00.21 hours on 2 April 1940 U-38 fired one G7e torpedo from a distance of only 300 meters on a steamer at the end of a small convoy in low visibility due to bad weather about 20 miles southeast of Fair Isle and observed how the ship disappeared in a dense cloud of smoke and vapor after a hit on port side amidships. The Signe (Master Bengt Mattsson) was reported missing after falling 5 miles behind convoy HN-23A in the evening of 1 April, presumably due to engine troubles. HMS Sikh (F 82) (Cdr J.A. Giffard, RN), escorting convoy, reported an explosion at the time of the U-boat attack and searched the area behind convoy, but found nothing. On 4 April the body of a crew member was found on a raft by the British trawler Good Shepherd six miles north-northeast of Fair Isle.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

Location of attack on Signe.

ship sunk.

If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats