Ships hit by U-boats

Chastine Mærsk

Danish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

NameChastine Mærsk
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,177 tons
Completed1923 - Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller, Odense 
OwnerA.P. Møller, Copenhagen 
Date of attack13 Feb 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-25 (Viktor Schütze)
Position61° 30'N, 2° 00'E - Grid AN 2211
Complement30 (0 dead and 30 survivors).
RouteSafi, Morocco - Kalundborg, Denmark 
CargoPhosphate fertilizer 
History Completed in July 1923 
Notes on event

At 07.16 hours on 13 Feb 1940, U-25 fired a shot across the bow of the neutral Chastine Mærsk, but it took two more shots until she stopped. The Germans then ordered the crew to abandon ship in 10 minutes and shelled and sank the ship from 08.36 to 08.45 hours. The survivors were picked up by the Norwegian steam merchant Hilda.

U-25 had spotted the ship at 16.30 hours the day before and fired a stern torpedo that missed at 20.10 hours. 19 minutes later Schütze fired his last torpedo and observed a hit aft without effect, but the torpedo probably detonated prematurely without damaging the ship. The U-boat then chased the ship on the surface during the night and attacked with the deck gun at dawn.


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