Ships hit by U-boats


Finnish Steam merchant

Pluto under her former name Yankalilla. Photo courtesy of State Library of South Australia, PRG 280/1/33/167

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,496 tons
Completed1907 - Richardson, Duck & Co, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerRederi-A/B Pluto (Emanuel Erikson), Mariehamn 
Date of attack28 Jun 1941Nationality:      Finnish
FateSunk by U-146 (Otto Ites)
Position59° 21'N, 7° 48'W - Grid AM 3381
Complement39 (3 dead and 36 survivors).
RouteSouth America - New York - Petsamo 
Cargo4000 tons of grain, 1114 tons of coal and 237 tons of oil 
History Completed in July 1907 as Lady Lewis for Lady Lewis SS Co Ltd (W.J. Tatem & Co), Cardiff. 1912 sold to Australia and renamed Yankalilla for The Adelaide SS Co Ltd, Melbourne. 1929 sold to Sweden and renamed Bolivia for Rederi A/B Ovidia (C.I. Morin), Gothenburg. 1930 renamed Pluto for Rederi A/B Iris (C. Abrahamsen), Stockholm. 1932 sold to Finland. 
Notes on event

At 02.07 hours on 28 June 1941 the unescorted and unarmed Pluto (Master Fritjof Ejder) was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-146 and sank after 30 minutes about 75 miles northwest of Butt of Lewis. Eight days earlier, the ship had been stopped by HMS Suffolk (55) (Capt R.M. Ellis, RN) in the Denmark Strait in position 67°41N/21°52W and was first sent to Iceland with ten Royal Marines on board and then to Kirkwall for contraband control. The master, 25 crew members and the prize crew were rescued by HMS Northern Duke (4.11) (Lt G.C.W. Meldrum, RD, RNR) and landed at Kirkwall on 29 June.

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