Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,281 tons
Completed1920 - F. Schichau GmbH, Elbing, Danzig 
OwnerMarius Nielsen & Søn, Copenhagen 
Date of attack26 Apr 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-13 (Max-Martin Schulte)
Position - Grid AN 1524
Complement24 (24 dead - no survivors)
RouteFowey (2 Apr) - Kirkwall (25 Apr) - Preston 
CargoChina clay 
History Completed in August 1920 
Notes on event

At 00.28 hours on 26 April 1940 the unescorted Lily was hit by one torpedo from U-13, but it did not detonate. At 01.17 hours, another torpedo was fired which struck at the bow and broke off the forecastle, causing the ship to sink within 45 seconds. The Lily was reported missing after leaving Kirkwall with a British prize crew (one officer and five ratings) aboard.

On boardWe have details of 24 people who were on board

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