Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,319 tons
Completed1930 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend-on-Tyne 
OwnerDet Forenede Kulimportører, Copenhagen 
Date of attack27 Jan 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-20 (Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt)
Position58° 25'N, 1° 53'W - Grid AN 1651
Complement21 (20 dead and 1 survivor).
RouteCopenhagen - Blyth 
History Completed in January 1930 
Notes on event

At 21.24 hours on 27 Jan 1940 the neutral England was hit underneath the bridge by a G7e torpedo from U-20, broke in two and sank within 2 minutes about 15 miles southeast of Copinsay, Orkneys. The ship was sailing together with the Fredensborg 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 20 people who were on board

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