Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,514 tons
Completed1920 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad 
OwnerSkeppsredare Anders Smith, Stockholm 
Date of attack7 Jul 1940Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position50° 06'N, 10° 23'W - Grid BF 1196
Complement20 (0 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteSt. John’s, Newfoundland (29 Jun) - Ridham Dock 
CargoPulp wood and pit props 
History Completed in March 1920 as Norwegian Odnes for Skips A/S Fagernes (H.J. Hansen), Kristiania. In August 1921 sold to Sweden and renamed Isa for Trelleborgs Ångfartygs Nya A/B (F. Malmros), Trelleborg. In December 1935 sold to Norway and renamed Kongsgaard for D/S A/S Firda (Brødrene Olsen), Stavanger. In August 1936 sold to Sweden and renamed Bissen for Skeppsredare Anders Smith, Stockholm. 
Notes on event

At 23.12 hours on 7 July 1940 the unescorted and unarmed Bissen (Master E. Svensson) was hit ahead of amidships by one torpedo from U-99 about 80 miles south-southwest of Cape Clear, Ireland. The explosion threw parts of the deck cargo all over the ship, blew a raft overboard and caused the ship to settle quickly by the head. The crew immediately abandoned ship in two lifeboats and noticed too late that the second officer was still aboard. It was difficult to get back to the sinking Bissen as the engines were still running and the ship was steaming slowly in circles, but after several attempts the boat in charge of the master managed to rescue him. The U-boat had to leave the area shortly after the attack because a destroyer was sighted. The survivors were picked up about one hour later by HMS Broke (D 83) (Cdr B.G. Scurfield, RN) and landed at Plymouth on 9 July.

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