Ships hit by U-boats


Svartön

Swedish Steam merchant



Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

NameSvartön
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,475 tons
Completed1906 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland 
OwnerTrafik-A/B Grängesberg-Oxelösund, Stockholm 
HomeportStockholm 
Date of attack3 Jan 1940Nationality:      Swedish
 
FateSunk by U-58 (Herbert Kuppisch)
Position57° 48'N, 1° 47'W - Grid AN 1866
Complement31 (20 dead and 11 survivors).
ConvoyHN-6 (romper)
RouteNarvik - Middlesbrough 
CargoIron ore 
History Completed in September 1906 as British Cedargrove for Steamship Mary Co Ltd (Alexander & Arthurs), Glasgow. 1912 sold to Sweden and renamed Svartön for Rederi A/B Lulea-Ofoten (P.A. Welin), Stockholm. 1916 transferred to Trafik-A/B Grängesberg-Oxelösund, Stockholm. 
Notes on event

At 09.11 hours on 3 Jan 1940 the Svartön (Master Bror Emil Larsson), a romper from convoy HN-6, was hit amidships by a G7e torpedo from U-58, broke in two and sank quickly off Kinnaird Head. The master 19 crew members and a Norwegian pilot were lost. The survivors were picked up by HMS Oak (T 54) (Lt C. Edgecombe, RNR).

 
On boardWe have details of 19 people who were on board

Location of attack on Svartön.

ship sunk.


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