Finnish Steam merchant
|Completed||1904 - John Readhead & Sons, South Shields|
|Owner||Rederi-A/B Snabb (Algot Johansson), Mariehamn|
|Date of attack||3 Jun 1940||Nationality: Finnish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)|
|Position||45° 51'N, 14° 15'W - Grid BE 6872|
|Complement||21 (1 dead and 20 survivors).|
|Route||Glasgow - Greenock - Dakar|
|History||Completed in March 1904 as British Tregarthen for Hain SS Co Ltd (E. Hain & Son), St. Ives. 1911 sold to France and renamed Frank Delmas for Delmas Frères, La Rochelle. 1920 transferred to Cie Delmas Frères & Vieljeux, La Rochelle. 1933 sold to Greece and renamed Mari Chandris for John D. Chandris, Piraeus. 1936 sold to Finland and renamed Snabb. |
|Notes on event|
At 04.56 hours on 3 June 1940 U-37 opened fire with all weapons on the unescorted and neutral Snabb (Master Hannes Gustafsson) about 280 miles northwest of Cape Finisterre. The Germans had failed to notice the neutrality markings on the side of the ship as they were not illuminated, but immediately ceased fire after she sent a distress signal with her name. After the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats the Snabb was sunk by gunfire about one hour later. The second officer was killed. The master and 19 crew members (16 of them wounded) were later picked up by the Greek steam merchant Kyriakoula and landed at Cork on 6 June.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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