Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,617 tons
Completed1921 - Oskarshamns Varv A/B, Oskarshamn 
OwnerRederi-A/B Svenska Lloyd, Gothenburg 
Date of attack27 Sep 1939Nationality:      Swedish
FateCaptured by U-36 (Wilhelm Fröhlich)
Position58° 27'N, 4° 08'E - Grid AN 3181
Complement21 (0 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteGothenburg - Genoa 
CargoPig iron and paper pulp 
History Completed in June 1921

On 18 Jan 1943, the Algeria was bombed by a British aircraft, while in a German convoy off Den Helder. She was taken in tow, but had to be abandoned after five hours, because she broke in two and sank 11 miles southwest of Terschelling. Two of the 21 crew members died. The survivors were rescued, brought to Den Helder and returned later via Sassnitz to Sweden. 
Notes on event

At 06.10 hours on 27 Sep 1939 the neutral Algeria was stopped by U-36 20 miles west of Skudesnaes and was sent to Kiel as prize, arriving on 4 October. Three days later, ship and cargo were released by the Germans.


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