Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Lennart Falleth collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,325 tons
Completed1920 - √Ėresundsvarvet A/B, Landskrona 
OwnerStockholms Rederi-A/B Svea, Stockholm 
Date of attack16 Aug 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-48 (Hans Rudolf Rösing)
Position57° 10'N, 16° 37'W - Grid AL 3888
Complement29 (8 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteSwansea - Newport, Rhode Island 
Cargo3009 tons of coal 
History Completed in September 1920 as Hjalmar Blomberg for Stockholms Rederi-A/B Svea, Stockholm. 1921 renamed Hedrun by the owner. 
Notes on event

At 12.03 hours on 16 Aug 1940 the Hedrun in convoy OB-197 was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-48 and sank after three minutes about 70 miles west of Rockall. The master, his wife and five crew members were lost. 16 crew members and one passenger (the wife of the chief engineer) were picked up by the British steam merchant Empire Soldier and four crew members were rescued by a British warship.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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