Ships hit by U-boats

Sergej Kirov

Soviet Steam merchant

Sergej Kirov under her former name Hebburn. Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

NameSergej Kirov
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,146 tons
Completed1925 - Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co Ltd, Blyth 
OwnerDalnevostochnoe Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (DGMP), Vladivostok 
Date of attack1 Oct 1943Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-703 (Joachim BrĂ¼nner)
Position75° 48'N, 83° 52'E - Grid AS 2426
Complement54 (1 dead and 53 survivors).
RouteUSA - Northern Sea Route - Laptev Sea (1 Oct) - Enisej River 
CargoMachinery equipment for Norilsk plant 
History Completed in March 1925 as Australian Hebburn for Huddart Parker Ltd, Melbourne. 1931 sold to Soviet Union and renamed Sergej Kirov
Notes on event

At 13.10 and 13.14 hours on 1 Oct 1943, U-703 fired two spreads of two torpedoes at convoy VA-18 12 miles southeast of Izvestij Island and claimed one ship sunk and another damaged. In fact, the Sergej Kirov (Master A.I. Litvinenko) was hit on the port side at #3 hold by one torpedo and the Soviet steam merchant Mossovet (2981 grt) was missed. The crew abandoned ship when the #2 and #3 holds, the bunker, fire and engine room were flooded and was rescued by the Soviet minesweeper T-909 (No 63). At 13.41 hours, the ship broke between the bridge and the second mast and sank.

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