Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,245 tons
Completed1918 - P.Ph. Stuhr´s Maskin & Skibsværft, Aalborg 
OwnerA/S D/S Dannebrog (C.K. Hansen), Copenhagen 
Date of attack17 Dec 1939Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-59 (Harald Jürst)
Position57° 15'N, 0° 12'W - Grid AN 4723
Complement18 (18 dead - no survivors)
RouteCopenhagen (14 Dec) - Leith 
CargoAgricultural products 
History Completed in February 1919 
Notes on event

At 05.36 hours on 17 December 1939 U-59 fired one torpedo at a steamer of about 3000 grt, observed a hit amidships and the sinking of the vessel after breaking in two about 50 miles east-southeast of Peterhead. The victim was probably Jaegersborg which was reported missing since 14 December after leaving Copenhagen. One body of a crew member was later washed ashore and another found on a raft.

On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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