Ships hit by U-boats


Soviet Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Dmitriy A. Sidorov

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage433 tons
Completed1909 - Stavanger Støberi & Dokk, Stavanger 
OwnerSevernoje Gosudarstvennoe Morskoe Parokhodstvo (SGMP) 
Date of attack3 Dec 1944Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-1163 (Ernst-Ludwig Balduhn)
Position68° 44'N, 37° 49'E - Grid AW 2163
Complement23 (23 dead - no survivors)
RouteKola Bay (2 Dec) - Archangelsk 
History Completed in July 1909 as Norwegian Activ for A/S Alliance (A.C. Hein & Son), Arendal. 1918 sold to Soviet Union and renamed Revoljucija
Notes on event

On 2 December 1944 the Revoljucija left Kola Bay forming together with the Soviet steam merchant Kama convoy KB-35, which was escorted by the Soviet patrol ship SKR-20 and the Soviet minesweeper T-884 (No 38). Near the Litskie Islands the ship developed engine problems and had to stop. The other steamer continued to Archangelsk together with the patrol ship while the minesweeper stayed at the scene. At 01.00 hours on 3 December 1944, U-1163 fired one torpedo at two ships that were reported as patrol vessels but missed. Four minutes later, a second torpedo was fired which struck the Revoljucija after a running time of 60 seconds. The ship sank 20 seconds after being hit with all hands.

On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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