Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Gudveig under her former name Robert Mærsk. Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,300 tons
Completed1919 - Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller, Odense 
OwnerH. Gjerpen, Oslo 
Date of attack25 Jan 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-19 (Joachim Schepke)
Position55° 42'N, 1° 30'W - Grid AN 5186
Complement18 (10 dead and 8 survivors).
RouteTyne - Bergen 
History Completed in May 1920 as Danish Robert Mærsk for A.P. Møller, Copenhagen. 1935 sold to Norway and renamed Gudveig
Notes on event

At 21.30 hours on 25 Jan 1940 the unescorted and neutral Gudveig was hit by one G7e torpedo from U-19 and sank immediately 4.5 miles east of Longstone Lightvessel, north of Newcastle. Eight survivors were rescued and taken to Methil. Four of them probably by the Norwegian steam merchant Vim and the others by the British steam trawler Evesham and the Latvian steam merchant Dole.

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