Ships hit by U-boats


Finnish Steam merchant

Margareta sinking

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,155 tons
Completed1902 - Murdoch & Murray, Port Glasgow 
OwnerA/B R. Nordström & Co O/Y, Lovisa 
Date of attack9 Jun 1940Nationality:      Finnish
FateSunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)
Position45° 00'N, 14° 30'W - Grid BE 6885
Complement24 (5 dead and 19 survivors).
RouteBathurst - Greenock 
Cargo1434 tons of peanuts 
History Completed in March 1902 as Swedish Atlanten for Rederi A/B Atlanten (N.T. Pyk), Helsingborg. 1927 renamed Polarhavet for O.J. Eskildsen. 1933 sold to Finland and renamed Barbro for Arthur Andersson, Mariehamn. 1939 sold to A/B R. Nordström & Co O/Y, Lovisa and renamed Margareta
Notes on event

At 13.05 hours on 9 June 1940 the neutral Margareta was hit by one torpedo from U-46 amidships, broke in two and sank after one hour about 350 miles from Cape Finisterre. Four crew members died on watch below and another was killed in the water by sharks. The survivors were adrift in one lifeboat for three days and 21 hours, before they were picked up and taken to Vivero, Spain.

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