Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage10,517 tons
Completed1931 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerDet Danske Petroleums A/S, Copenhagen 
Date of attack12 Jan 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateA total loss by U-23 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position58° 59'N, 2° 53'W - Grid AN 1633
Complement40 (0 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteAruba - Nyborg 
Cargo8200 tons of petrol and 5760 tons of kerosene 
History Completed in October 1931

In 1948 the wrecked forepart of Danmark was converted to the oil storage hulk Shelfoil (5419 grt) for Shell-Mex & BP. Broken up at Faslane in March 1953.  
Notes on event

At 06.50 hours on 12 Jan 1940 the Danmark was hit by one G7e torpedo from U-23 when lying at anchor in Inganess Bay, Kirkwall. The ship exploded, broke in two and drifted ashore. The after part sank on 21 January, but the forepart was later refloated, taken to Inverkeithing and used as a storage hulk for fuel oil.


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