Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2774

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,471 tons
Completed1922 - A/B Lindholmens Varv, Gothenburg 
OwnerRederi-A/B Wallenco (O. Wallenius), Stockholm 
Date of attack13 May 1942Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-94 (Otto Ites)
Position51° 50'N, 33° 35'W - Grid AK 8734
Complement34 (0 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteHull - Loch Ewe (6 May) - Wabana, Newfoundland 
History Completed in March 1922 for Rederi-A/B Transatlantic, Gothenburg. 1940 transferred to Rederi-A/B Wallenco (O. Wallenius), Stockholm. 
Notes on event

At 06.18 hours on 13 May 1942 the Tolken (Master Ture Alexander Andersson) in station #75 of convoy ONS-92 was hit in the bottom tank between #2 and #3 holds by one torpedo from U-94 about 675 miles southeast of Cape Farewell. Most of the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats as the ship settled by the bow with a heavy list. The U-boat then had to leave when illuminated by star shells, but found the ship still floating when returning to the area three hours later. The master and a few men had stayed aboard and fired 300 rounds from her machine guns (twin Marlins were the only armament of the ship) into the air to attract attention from the escorts, because they had received no answers after sending distress signals. The Germans mistakenly believed that they were fired on when approaching on the surface, but the U-boat had not been sighted. At 10.20 hours, a first coup de grĂ¢ce fired from the stern tube malfunctioned, but the second fired 5 minutes later hit and caused the Tolken to break up and sink immediately. She sank so fast that the men still aboard simply found themselves swimming in the water after the hit until picked up by the boats. Shortly thereafter U-94 had to leave without questioning the survivors when a corvette was sighted. At 11.45 hours, the master and 32 crew members were picked up from two lifeboats and another man from a jolly boat by the British rescue ship Bury (Master Lawrence Edwin Brown, OBE). The survivors were landed at St. Johns on 16 May.

On boardWe have details of 12 people who were on board

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