Ships hit by U-boats

Ove Toft

Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

NameOve Toft
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,135 tons
Completed1921 - Dundee Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Dundee 
OwnerJens Toft, Copenhagen 
Date of attack3 Dec 1939Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-31 (Johannes Habekost)
Position55° 36'N, 0° 46'W - Grid AN 5196
Complement21 (6 dead and 15 survivors).
RouteImmingham - Gothenburg 
History Launched as Aarstad, completed in June 1921 as Norwegian Dagfin for John P. Pedersen & Son, Oslo. 1930 renamed Putten for A/S Eidsvold (Sverre Ditlev-Simonsen), Oslo. 1935 renamed Hav for A/S Hav (Helmer Staubo & Co), Oslo. 1935 sold to Denmark and renamed Ove Toft for A/S D/S Jutlandia (Jens Toft), Copenhagen. 
Notes on event

At 13.20 hours on 3 Dec 1939 the unescorted and neutral Ove Toft was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-31 and sank within four minutes about 100 miles east of the Tyne. The ship had been spotted at 12.55 hours, identified and was attacked because her course was suspicious.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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