Ships hit by U-boats


Finnish Steam merchant

Martti-Ragnar under her former name Nordstjernen. Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,262 tons
Completed1903 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore 
OwnerLoviisa Rederi-A/B (R. Nordström & Co O/Y), Loviisa 
Date of attack22 Sep 1939Nationality:      Finnish
FateSunk by U-4 (Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt)
Position58° 26'N, 9° 18'E - Grid AN 3393
Complement24 (0 dead and 24 survivors).
RouteKemi, Finland - Ellesmere Port 
CargoCellulose, pulp and sulphur 
History Completed in August 1903 as Danish Nordstjernen for A/S D/S Norden (P. Brown), Copenhagen. 1934 sold to Finland and renamed Martti-Ragnar for Loviisa Rederi-A/B (R. Nordström & Co O/Y), Loviisa.  
Notes on event

At 23.00 hours on 22 Sep 1939 the Martti-Ragnar (Master J. Soderblom) was stopped by U-4 about 15 miles east of Arendal and searched. The boarding party ignited three scuttling charges at 00.15 hours on 23 September, because the ship carried contraband and the vessel sank after two hours. The crew had abandoned ship in two lifeboats, which were towed by the U-boat towards the coast. The men were picked up by two fishing boats and landed at Arendal at 07.30 hours.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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