Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage8,391 tons
Completed1925 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerUnited Baltic Co, London 
Date of attack30 Jul 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position7° 00'N, 24° 19'W - Grid ES 5185
Complement46 (0 dead and 46 survivors).
RouteDurban - Table Bay - Trinidad - Halifax - UK 
History Completed in December 1925 as Danmark for A/S Det Østasiatiske Kompagni, Copenhagen. In May 1940 seized by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 20.48 hours on 30 July 1942 the unescorted Danmark (Master E. Honore Christensen) was hit aft by two torpedoes from U-130 south of the Cape Verde Islands. The ship had been chased for 10 hours by the U-boat which then surfaced and finished off the vessel with the deck gun, firing 74 rounds until she sank by the stern at 21.50 hours. The master, 37 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the Norwegian motor tanker Mosli and landed at Freetown.

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