Ships hit by U-boats


Argentina

Danish Motor merchant



Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

NameArgentina
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,375 tons
Completed1921 - Kjobenhavns Flydedok & Skibsv√¶rft A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerDet Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen 
HomeportCopenhagen 
Date of attack17 Mar 1940Nationality:      Danish
 
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position60.47N, 00.30W - Grid AN 2125
Complement33 (33 dead - no survivors)
Convoy
RouteCopenhagen (13 Mar) - Las Palmas - South America 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in December 1921 as Danish Polarhavet for O.J. Eskildsen, Copenhagen. 1924 renamed Argentina for Det Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen. 
Notes on event

On 13 Mar, 1940, the neutral Argentina left Copenhagen and was reported missing in the North Sea, after sending her last radio messsage on 17 March.

At 23.25 hours on 17 Mar, 1940, U-38 fired a spread of two torpedoes at an illuminated steamer of about 5000 grt east of Unst, Shetlands. The ship sank 10 minutes after being hit by one torpedo. The victim must have been the Argentina.

 
On boardWe have details of 32 people who were on board

Location of attack on Argentina.

ship sunk.


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