Ships hit by U-boats


Danish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,229 tons
Completed1911 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
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 (11 dead and 9 survivors).
RouteManchester - Kirkwall - Esbjerg 
History Completed in May 1911 
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.

Nine survivors from Minsk were picked up by HMS Esk (H 15) (Cdr J.G. Bickford, DSC, RN) and landed at Invergordon on 19 March.

On boardWe have details of 12 people who were on board

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