Ships hit by U-boats


Estonian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,865 tons
Completed1907 - Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton-on-Tees 
OwnerR. Nelberg, Tallinn 
Date of attack9 Jul 1940Nationality:      Estonian
FateSunk by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)
Position50° 20'N, 12° 00'W - Grid BE 3398
Complement20 (0 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteNew York (24 Jun) - Halifax - Liverpool - London 
Cargo2300 tons of general cargo, including food and naval stores 
History Completed in May 1907 as Dutch Elisabeth for NV Zuid Nederlandsche Stoomvaart Mij (Lensen), Terne. 1922 sold to Britain and renamed Colinton for Cormack SS Co Ltd, Leith. 1936 sold to Estonia and renamed Tiiu
Notes on event

At 12.32 hours on 9 July 1940 the unescorted and unarmed Tiiu was torpedoed without warning by U-34 about 100 miles southwest of Mizen Head, Ireland. The torpedo struck in the engine room and caused her to sink within 6 minutes after the crew had abandoned ship in two lifeboats. On 11 July, nine survivors in one boat were picked up by the British fishing trawler Bass Rock about 90 miles west of St. Ann’s Head and landed at Milford Haven two days later. The remaining survivors in the other boat were landed at Glasgow on 18 July.


Location of attack on Tiiu.

ship sunk.

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