Swedish Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad|
|Owner||A/B Transmarin (Sven Redig), Helsingborg|
|Date of attack||14 Dec 1942||Nationality: Swedish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-217 (Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke)|
|Position||17.43N, 46.15W - Grid EF 3517|
|Complement||27 (0 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||New York (28 Nov) – Rio de Janeiro – Santos – Montevideo|
|Cargo||3400 tons of general cargo and 71 bags of diplomatic mail|
|History||Completed in June 1918 as Swedish Arcturus for Ångfartygs A/B Gefle (E. Brodin), Torö. 1921 renamed Etna for A/B Transmarin (Sven Redig), Helsingborg. |
|Notes on event|
At 03.25 hours on 14 Dec, 1942, the unescorted and neutral Etna (Master Oscar Ullfors) was stopped by U-217 at night in bad visibility and the crew was ordered to abandon ship within 30 minutes after it was discovered that the vessel was carrying contraband. The master protested the order, but to no avail. The crew then abandoned ship in two lifeboats which proved to be difficult due to heavy swell. At 04.51 hours, the U-boat fired a stern torpedo at the stopped vessel that hit between engine room and #3 hold and caused her to sink by the stern with a list to port after 8 minutes. The explosion occurred on the other side of the ship when the master was just leaving her as last man, throwing him from the ladder into the lifeboat. Both boats set sail towards Barbados and were towed into Port Castries by a US Army launch after arriving off St. Lucia on 22 December. One day earlier, the survivors had been spotted by the British steam merchant Colister about 28 miles from St. Lucia, but they refused to be taken aboard.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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