Ships hit by U-boats


Icelandic Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,215 tons
Completed1907 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad 
OwnerKveldúlfur, Reykjavik 
Date of attack29 Jun 1941Nationality:      Icelandic
FateSunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)
Position58° 20'N, 43° 00'W - Grid AD 9891
Complement20 (14 dead and 6 survivors).
RouteReykjavik - Halifax - New York 
History Completed in December 1907 as Norwegian Clothilde Cuneo for J. Bull, Tønsberg. 1920 renamed Kong Inge for Det Søndenfjelds Norske D/S, Oslo. 1932 sold to Iceland and renamed Hekla for H/f Eimskipafjelag Reykjavikur (Faaberg & Jakobsson), Reykjavik.  
Notes on event

At 19.58 hours on 29 Jun 1941 the unescorted Hekla was torpedoed by U-564 and sank within two minutes. Seven men survived the sinking and spent 10 days on a life raft before they were picked up by HMS Candytuft (K 09) (LtCdr F.B. Collinson, RD, RNR) escorting convoy OB-341, but one man died the next night onboard the corvette. The surviving 6 men were taken to St. Johns, Newfoundland. One of the men spent over 6 months in a hospital before going back to Iceland.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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