Soviet Steam merchant
|Completed||1925 - Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co Ltd, Blyth|
|Owner||Dalnevostochnoe Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (DGMP), Vladivostok|
|Date of attack||1 Oct 1943||Nationality: Soviet|
|Fate||Sunk by U-703 (Joachim Brünner)|
|Position||75° 48'N, 83° 52'E - Grid AS 2426|
|Complement||54 (1 dead and 53 survivors).|
|Route||USA - Northern Sea Route - Laptev Sea (1 Oct) - Enisej River|
|Cargo||Machinery equipment for Norilsk plant|
|History||Completed in March 1925 as Australian Hebburn for Huddart Parker Ltd, Melbourne. 1931 sold to Soviet Union and renamed Sergej Kirov. |
|Notes on event|
At 13.10 and 13.14 hours on 1 Oct 1943, U-703 fired two spreads of two torpedoes at the convoy VA-18 12 miles southeast of Izvestij Island and claimed one ship sunk and another damaged. In fact, the Sergej Kirov (Master A.I. Litvinenko) was hit on the port side at #3 hold by one torpedo and the Soviet steam merchant Mossovet (2981 grt) was missed. The crew abandoned ship when the #2 and #3 holds, the bunker, fire and engine room were flooded and was rescued by the Soviet minesweeper T-909 (No 63). At 13.41 hours, the ship broke between the bridge and the second mast and sank.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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