Ships hit by U-boats

Gertrud Bratt

Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

NameGertrud Bratt
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,510 tons
Completed1927 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerÅngfartygs-A/B Adolf (Adolf Bratt & Co), Gothenburg 
Date of attack24 Sep 1939Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-4 (Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt)
Position58° 40'N, 9° 52'E - Grid AO 4146
Complement20 (0 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteNorrköping - Gothenburg - Bristol 
CargoWood pulp, paper, piece goods and cellulose 
History Completed in February 1927 
Notes on event

At 10.37 hours on 24 Sep 1939 the neutral Getrud Bratt (Master E.K. Jönsson) was stopped with two 20mm rounds across her bow by U-4 in the Skagerrak. The U-boat went alongside to check her papers and then ordered the crew to abandon ship within 15 minutes because she was carrying contraband. The Germans had no scuttling charges left and used a torpedo to sink the ship, but the first two G7a torpedoes missed. The third G7a torpedo hit and sank Gertrud Bratt 12 miles southeast of Jomfruland, Norway. According to the survivors the Germans had promised to tow the two lifeboats towards the nearby coast but apparently the U-boat left without helping them after sighting an aircraft. The boats were spotted later that day by the Norwegian customs cruiser T-II and towed to Langesund, Norway.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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