Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,026 tons
Completed1913 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore 
OwnerDet Forenede D/S (DFDS), Copenhagen 
Date of attack19 Mar 1940Nationality:      Danish
FateSunk by U-19 (Joachim Schepke)
Position58° 07'N, 2° 39'W - Grid AN 1680
Complement20 (20 dead - no survivors)
RouteManchester (12 Mar) - Kirkwall (19 Mar) - Methil - Esbjerg 
History Completed in September 1913 
Notes on event

At 21.35 hours on 19 March 1940, U-19 spotted two steamers and attacked the first at 22.21 hours with one torpedo, which struck in the engine room and caused the Minsk to sink within six minutes. At 22.37 hours, a second torpedo was fired, which struck the Charkow and caused her to sink by the stern within four minutes.

There were no survivors from Charkow, only a body on a raft was found off Peterhead on 26 March and wreckage drifted ashore near Fraserburgh.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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