Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,673 tons
Completed1938 - A/B Lindholmens Varv, Gothenburg 
OwnerRederi-A/B Svenska Lloyd, Gothenburg 
Date of attack21 Jun 1943Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-513 (Friedrich Guggenberger)
Position25° 50'S, 38° 38'W - Grid GB 15
Complement27 (0 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteBahia (18 Jun) - Buenos Aires 
CargoGeneral cargo, including tobacco, coffee, cocoa, cocoa butter and drums of vegetable oil 

Completed in June 1938. On 26 Apr 1942, the Venezia picked up 14 survivors from Empire Drum, which had been sunk by U-136 (Zimmermann) two days earlier southeast of New York.

At 13.18 hours on 5 Jul 1942, U-134 (Schendel) sighted the unescorted Venezia steaming on a northerly course at 13 knots and identified her when approaching for a submerged attack. Schendel saw the Swedish neutrality marking painted on her side, but was not sure about the status of the vessel and radioed the BdU for orders. After being allowed to sink her, the U-boat fired one stern torpedo at 05.13 hours on 6 July about 200 miles southeast of Wilmington, Delaware. This torpedo and a second one fired at 05.29 hours missed because the tracks were apparently spotted and evaded by the ship, which reported the attack by radio and then escaped at full speed.

On 24 Apr 1943, the Venezia picked up all 95 survivors from Santa Catalina, which had been sunk by U-129 (Witt) about 370 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras earlier that day.

Notes on event

On 21 June 1943 the unescorted and unarmed Venezia (Master K.B. Hansson) was hit in the bow by one torpedo from U-513 about 300 miles southeast of Rio de Janeiro. The ship stopped immediately and settled quickly with a list to starboard. After the crew of 25 and two passengers abandoned ship in two lifeboats, she was struck amidships by a second torpedo and sank in flames. The survivors set sail towards the Brazilian coast, were picked up by a British merchant ship and landed at Rio de Janeiro on 24 June.

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