Ships hit by U-boats


Finnish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Suomen Merimuseo

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,495 tons
Completed1937 - Wärtsilän telakka, Turku 
OwnerSuomen Höyrylaiva O/Y, Helsinki 
Date of attack28 Oct 1944Nationality:      Finnish
FateSunk by U-242 (Karl-Wilhelm Pancke)
Position59° 57'N, 24° 21'E - Grid AO 3513
Complement23 (0 dead and 23 survivors).
RouteMäntyluoto, Finland - Leningrad 
Cargo1413 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in February 1937 
Notes on event

At 13.15 hours on 28 Oct 1944 the Rigel struck a mine laid on 21 September by U-242 and soon thereafter a second, causing her to sink at 14.10 hours. All crewmen survived and were picked up by the Finnish tug Herkules.


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