Ships hit by U-boats

Sally Mærsk

British Motor merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2649

NameSally Mærsk
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,252 tons
Completed1923 - Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller, Odense 
OwnerMoss Hutchinson Line Ltd, Liverpool 
Date of attack10 Sep 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-81 (Friedrich Guggenberger)
Position61° 40'N, 40° 30'W - Grid AD 6835
Complement34 (0 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteThree Rivers - Sydney (30 Aug) - Sharpness 
Cargo4527 tons of wheat 
History Completed in April 1923 as Danish Sally Mærsk for A.P. Møller, Copenhagen. 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 07.28 hours on 10 Sep 1941, U-81 fired two torpedoes at convoy SC-42 east-northeast of Cape Farewell and observed a ship sinking after two hits. At 07.29 hours, another spread of two torpedoes was fired and two detonations were heard, but at the time visibility was bad. At 07.53 hours, the stern torpedo was fired that hit but was probably a dud. Guggenberger reported one ship certain and two others probably sunk, but from Allied reports only the sinking of Sally Mærsk (Master J.K. Lindberg) is confirmed. The master, 28 crew members and five gunners were picked up by HMCS Kenogami (K 125) (LtCdr R. Jackson, RCNVR) and landed at Reykjavik.

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