Finnish Steam merchant
|Completed||1921 - Sandvikens Skeppsdocka & Mekaniska Verkstad A/B, Helsinki|
|Owner||Suomen Höyrylaiva O/Y, Helsinki|
|Date of attack||16 Sep 1939||Nationality: Finnish|
|Fate||Captured by U-41 (Gustav-Adolf Mugler)|
|Position||58° 00'N, 4° 00'E - Grid AN 4635|
|Complement||? men (0 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Rauma - Hull|
|Cargo||General cargo and cellulose|
|History||Completed in November 1921 for Reposaaren Höyrysaha O/Y, Helsingfors. 1928 sold to Suomen Höyrylaiva O/Y, Helsinki.|
In 1944/45 the Suomen Poika was seized by the Soviet Union as war reparation and renamed Pioner. Probably lost in 1949.
|Notes on event|
At 05.05 hours on 16 Sep 1939 the Vega was stopped by U-41 and a prize crew (Oblt Harms and two crewmen) placed on board to bring the steamer to Wilhelmshaven. At 06.30 hours, the Suomen Poika was also stopped by the U-boat and ordered the master to follow the other Finnish ship to Germany because the vessels were carrying contraband to Britain. Both ships arrived in Cuxhaven/Steubenhöft at 11.30 hours on 18 September.
On 4 October, the Vega was released after unloading the cargo and Suomen Poika followed two days later after parts of the cargo were unloaded.
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