Ships hit by U-boats


Mina

Estonian Steam merchant


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NameMina
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,173 tons
Completed1899 - William Dobson & Co, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerJ. Michelmann & J. Adamson & Co, Pärnu 
HomeportPärnu 
Date of attack13 Dec 1939Nationality:      Estonian
 
FateSunk by U-57 (Claus Korth)
Position - Grid AN 8447
Complement17 (17 dead - no survivors)
Convoy
RouteLondon (12 Dec) - Hull - Gothenburg 
CargoBallast 
History Completed in November 1899 as British Southwood for C.F.Cory-Wright, London. 1914 sold to Italy and renamed Santa Croce for G. Malinconico, Torre del Greco. 1916 returned to Britain and renamed Southwood for Cambo Shipping Co, Middlesbrough. 1918 renamed Melrose Abbey for Melrose Abbey Shipping Co Ltd (F. Jones & Co), Cardiff. 1919 renamed Shenstone for B.J. Morgan & Co, Cardiff. 1925 sold to Greece and renamed Dolly for J. Mesene, Ithaka. 1927 sold to L.A. Karystinakis, Andros. 1928 sold to Estonia and renamed Mina for J. Michelmann, Pärnu. 1932 transferred to J. Michelmann & J. Adamson & Co, Pärnu. 
Notes on event

At 19.15 hours on 13 Dec 1939 the unescorted Mina was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-57 off Cross Sand and broke in two. The stern part sank immediately and the fore part within 30 seconds. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 19.03 hours.

 


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