Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,342 tons
Completed1921 - A/S Baltica Værftet, Copenhagen 
OwnerCommon Brothers Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack23 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-617 (Albrecht Brandi)
Position58° 40'N, 33° 41'W - Grid AK 2565
Complement35 (15 dead and 20 survivors).
ConvoySC-100 (straggler)
RouteThree Rivers, Quebec - Sydney (13 Sep) - Tyne 
Cargo3438 tons of wheat 
History Completed in February 1921 as Fredensbro for F. Hoppe, Denmark. 1930 renamed Tennessee for A/S D/S Viking (A.O. Andersen), Copenhagen. 1932 transferred to Det Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen. On 1 Jun 1940, seized by Britain and taken over by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 01.42 hours on 23 Sep 1942, Tennessee (Master Aage Henry Albrechtsen), a straggler from convoy SC-100, was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-617 and sank after eleven minutes southeast of Cape Farewell. The master, nine crew members and five gunners were lost. Nine crew members and three gunners were rescued by HMS Nasturtium (K 107) (Lt C.D. Smith, DSC, RNR) and landed at Londonderry. On 26 September, the second officer and seven crew members were picked up by USCGC Ingham (WPG 35) and landed at Reykjavik on 2 October.

On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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