Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,254 tons
Completed1920 - Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller, Odense 
OwnerGeorge Nisbet & Co, Glasgow 
Date of attack29 Sep 1942Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-610 (Walter Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen)
Position55° 57'N, 24° 55'W - Grid AL 4244
Complement29 (29 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-101 (straggler)
RoutePictou, Nova Scotia - Milford Haven 
History Completed in February 1921 as Danish Lifland for A.N. Petersen & E. Hahn-Petersen, Copenhagen. 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). 
Notes on event

At 20.58 hours on 29 Sep 1942 the unescorted Lifland (Master Niels Jensen), a straggler from station #93 in convoy SC-101 was hit by one torpedo from U-610 after being chased for nine hours about 380 miles west of Rockall. The Germans observed how the crew abandoned ship in the lifeboats before firing a coup de grâce at 21.17 hours. However, this torpedo proved to be a dud so a third torpedo was fired three minutes later that struck forward of the bridge and set the ship on fire. The U-boat then surfaced and approached the lifeboats to question the survivors, but soon left the area because they could not understand the answers. The survivors were never seen again and the ship was reported missing and presumed sunk in position 56°40N/30°30W. The master, 25 crew members and three gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 29 people who were on board

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