Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,258 tons
Completed1907 - S.P. Austin & Son, Sunderland 
OwnerRederi-A/B Svenska Lloyd, Gothenburg 
Date of attack2 Dec 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-37 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)
Position39° 22'N, 14° 22'W - Grid CF 3989
Complement20 (16 dead and 4 survivors).
RouteCardiff - Lisbon 
CargoCoal and mail 
History Completed in June 1907 as Heimdal for Angfartygs A/B Göteborg - Manchester (K.O.F. Dalman), Gothenburg. 1915 transferred to Rederi-A/B Svenska Lloyd, Gothenburg and 1919 renamed Gwalia
Notes on event

At 04.18 hours on 2 Dec 1940 the Gwalia in convoy OG-46 was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-37 and sank, followed by the Jeanne M. at 04.46 hours about 230 miles north of Cape Roca, Portugal. After a third attack at the same convoy the U-boat observed a burning tanker, but this can not be confirmed from Allied sources.

The survivors from Gwalia were picked up from a raft after 11 days by a British destroyer and landed at Gibraltar.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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