Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,094 tons
Completed1922 - NV Scheepswerf Voorheen Jan Smit Czn, Alblasserdam 
OwnerA/S D/S Dannebrog (C.K. Hansen), Copenhagen 
Date of attack27 Jan 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-20 (Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt)
Position58° 25'N, 1° 53'W - Grid AN 1628
Complement20 (20 dead - no survivors)
RouteCopenhagen - Blyth 
History Completed in January 1923 
Notes on event

At 20.52 hours on 27 Jan 1940 the neutral Fredensborg (Master J.V. Thorn) was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-20 and sank in 10 seconds about 15 miles southeast of Copinsay, Orkneys. The ship was sailing together with the England and were both sunk by the same U-boat when they tried to assist the torpedoed Faro in heavy weather.

On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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