Ships hit by U-boats


British Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage10,578 tons
Completed1928 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerShaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack17 Jan 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-106 (J├╝rgen Oesten)
Position58° 28'N, 20° 43'W - Grid AL 2599
Complement73 (73 dead - no survivors)
RouteLiverpool - Panama - Brisbane, Australia 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in March 1928 
Notes on event

At 00.45 hours on 17 Jan 1941 the unescorted Zealandic (Master Frederick James Ogilvie) was hit underneath the forward mast by one G7e torpedo from U-106 about 230 miles west-northwest of Rockall. The ship stopped for a short time, sent distress signals and then continued. The ship sank slowly after being hit amidships by two torpedoes at 00.59 and 01.27 hours. The Germans observed how the crew abandoned ship in three lifeboats, but they were never seen again. The master, 64 crew members, two gunners and six passengers were lost.

On boardWe have details of 73 people who were on board

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