Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Rickard Sahlsten collection

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,641 tons
Completed1937 - Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg 
OwnerRederi-A/B Svenska Lloyd, Gothenburg 
Date of attack10 Jul 1943Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-510 (Alfred Eick)
Position8° 21'N, 48° 30'W - Grid EP 2984
Complement25 (0 dead and 25 survivors).
RoutePhiladelphia - Curaçao - Rio de Janeiro – Montevideo – Buenos Aires 
CargoGeneral cargo, including machinery parts, steel, paper, hides and oil 
History Completed in November 1937 
Notes on event

At 00.51 hours on 10 July 1943 the unescorted and unarmed Scandinavia (Master S. Lindhe) was stopped by U-510 with a shot across her bow about 400 miles north of Cayenne, French Guiana. The U-boat had spotted the ship with navigation lights set and barely visible nationality markings. The Germans asked for the name and ordered the master to come aboard with the papers, which showed that the vessel was en route for the enemy. Eick decided to sink the ship in accordance with the prize rules and gave the crew a half an hour to leave the ship in the two lifeboats. At 02.50 hours, the Scandinavia was hit amidships by one torpedo and sank by the stern within two minutes in 07°58N/48°06W. On 19 July, the survivors made landfall near Paramaribo, Dutch Guyana.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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