Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,070 tons
Completed1925 - A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg 
OwnerTrafik-A/B Grängesberg-Oxelösund, Stockholm 
Date of attack5 Mar 1941Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-95 (Gerd Schreiber)
Position59° 00'N, 18° 00'W - Grid AL 3534
Complement31 (31 dead - no survivors)
RouteSantos (25 Jan) - Freetown (10 Feb) - Gothenburg 
History Completed in October 1925 
Notes on event

At 05.25 hours on 5 March 1941 the unescorted and neutral Murjek was hit by one torpedo from U-95 west-northwest of Rockall. The ship had been missed by a first torpedo at 05.06 hours and sank only after four additional hits at 05.33, 05.51, 06.25 (dud) and 06.55 hours. Schreiber reported that the ship was en route with lights set, but no nationality markings were visible and he thought of an Allied ship using its lights as a ruse, even after intercepting radio messages that identified the ship as Swedish Murjek.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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