Ships hit by U-boats


Icelandic Motor fishing vessel


Type:Motor fishing vessel
Tonnage16 tons
Completed1940 - Ísafjörður, Iceland 
OwnerKaldbakur, Þingeyri 
Date of attack31 May 1941Nationality:      Icelandic
FateSunk by U-204 (Walter Kell)
Position65° 39'N, 26° 23'W - Grid AD 5371
Complement4 (4 dead - no survivors)
RouteÞingeyri - fishing grounds 
Notes on event

At 05.15 hours on 31 May 1941 the unescorted and unarmed Holmsteinn (Master Ásgeir Sigurðsson) was sunk by gunfire by U-204 about 65 miles west-southwest of Dyrafjord, Iceland. The U-boat had spotted the fishing vessel about 4 hours earlier and tried to evade it, but Kell assumed that they had been spotted and decided to sink the vessel to prevent that the presence of the U-boat in the area became known to the enemy.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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