Ships hit by U-boats


Estonian Steam merchant

Agu under her former name Arne. Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,575 tons
Completed1885 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool 
OwnerEd. Lass, J. Lamboth, J. Aguraiuja, M. Uesson & others, Tallinn 
Date of attack6 Dec 1939Nationality:      Estonian
FateSunk by U-31 (Johannes Habekost)
Position56° 03'N, 0° 35'E - Grid AN 5341
Complement18 (18 dead - no survivors)
RouteTyne (5 Dec) - Gothenburg 
History Launched as Lilly, completed as Georgia for William Gray, West Hartlepool. 1894 sold to S.V. Symondson, London and 1898 transferred to Southdown SS Co Ltd (Bell, Symondson & Co), London. 1902 sold to Sweden for Ångfartygs-A/B Kattegat (N.T. Pyk), Helsingborg. 1916 sold to Rederi-A/B Kistransport (Lloyd Lundström), Helsingborg. 1919 renamed Lord for Rederi-A/B Vala (O.A. Börjesson), Helsingborg. 1929 renamed Arne for Rederi-A/B Strandvik (N.P. Lundh), Landskrona. 1939 sold to Estonia and renamed Agu
Notes on event

At 07.54 hours on 6 Dec 1939, U-31 fired one torpedo at a small steamer and observed how the ship sank immediately after being hit amidships about 90 miles northeast of Blyth. The victim was probably Agu (Master Johannes Lamboth) which had left Tyne on 5 December and was never heard of again.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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