Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,400 tons
Completed1924 - Køge Værft Skibs- og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Køge 
OwnerDet Forenede Kulimportører, Copenhagen 
Date of attack8 Dec 1939Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-23 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position57° 31'N, 2° 17'E - Grid AN 2766
Complement21 (19 dead and 2 survivors).
RouteDenmark - UK 
History Completed in January 1924 by Kjobenhavns Flydedok & Skibsværft A/S, Copenhagen. 
Notes on event

At 00.04 hours on 8 Dec 1939 the neutral Scotia was hit in the fore part by one torpedo from U-23 and sank slowly by the bow in 17 minutes. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 23.26 hours on 7 December. The survivors were picked up by the Danish steam merchant Hafnia, which had witnessed the attack.

On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

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