Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,400 tons
Completed1924 - Køge Værft Skibs- og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Køge 
OwnerDet Forenede Kulimportører, Copenhagen 
Date of attack8 Dec 1939Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-23 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position57° 31'N, 2° 17'E - Grid AN 2766
Complement21 (19 dead and 2 survivors).
RouteDenmark - UK 
History Completed in January 1924 by Kjobenhavns Flydedok & Skibsværft A/S, Copenhagen. 
Notes on event

At 00.04 hours on 8 Dec 1939 the neutral Scotia was hit in the fore part by one torpedo from U-23 and sank slowly by the bow in 17 minutes. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 23.26 hours on 7 December. The survivors were picked up by the Danish steam merchant Hafnia, which had witnessed the attack.

On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

Location of attack on Scotia.

ship sunk.

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