Ships hit by U-boats


Siljan

Swedish Steam merchant


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NameSiljan
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,058 tons
Completed1920 - Tyne Iron & SB Co Ltd, Newcastle 
OwnerRederi-A/B Sigyn (H. Lundgren), Helsingborg 
HomeportHelsingborg 
Date of attack26 Sep 1940Nationality:      Swedish
 
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position - Grid BE 2272
Complement27 (9 dead and 18 survivors).
Convoy
RouteCardiff - Lisbon 
CargoCoal 
History Laid down as War Chine, completed in January 1920 as Pilton for W.J. Tatem Ltd, London. 1938 sold to Sweden and renamed Siljan for Rederi-A/B Sigyn (H. Lundgren), Helsingborg. 
Notes on event

At 21.20 hours on 26 Sep 1940 the Siljan was hit in the bow by one torpedo from U-46 about 350 miles southwest of Ireland. The ship developed a list and the crew began to abandon ship when the U-boat went closer to read her name. They suddenly realized that the ship was still making headway at 6-8 knots and turned towards the U-boat, which had a hard time avoiding a collision and went onto a parallel course just beneath the vessel and came clear after a few minutes, but the diving planes were damaged and the U-boat was forced to abort the patrol. The ship sank after 25 minutes without being identified by the Germans.

 
On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board


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