Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,366 tons
Completed1928 - Sölvesborgs Varfs & Rederi-A/B, Sölvesborg 
OwnerRederi-A/B Falkvik (Thure Carlsson), Sölvesborg 
Date of attack16 Dec 1939Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-59 (Harald Jürst)
Position55° 13'N, 1° 33'E - Grid AN 6416
Complement19 (0 dead and 19 survivors).
RouteSkutskär - Antwerp 
History Completed in February 1928 
Notes on event

At 00.28 hours on 16 Dec 1939 the unescorted and neutral Lister was hit in the bow by a torpedo from U-59 and sank about 130 miles off Newcastle. The Germans spotted the Swedish flag only after firing the torpedo. Six survivors were picked up by HMS Eclipse (H 08) (LtCdr I.T. Clark, RN) on 21 December. The 13 remaining survivors made landfall in a lifeboat on the Danish coast.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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