Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Peter Asklander

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,840 tons
Completed1925 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerRederi-A/B Nordstjernan (Axel Axelson Johnson), Stockholm 
Date of attack24 Feb 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-63 (Günther Lorentz)
Position59° 17'N, 0° 42'W - Grid AN 26
Complement43 (31 dead and 12 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Bahia - Kirkwall - Gothenburg 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in May 1925 
Notes on event

At 21.00 hours on 24 Feb 1940 the neutral Santos was torpedoed and sunk by U-63 off Kirkwall. Among the 31 casualties were three passengers and six survivors from the Liana, which had been sunk by U-14 (Wohlfarth) on 16 February. On 25 February, the survivors were picked up by HMS Gallant (H 59) (LtCdr C.P.F. Brown, RN) about 50 miles east of Duncansby Head and landed at Invergordon the same day.

On boardWe have details of 32 people who were on board

Location of attack on Santos.

ship sunk.

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