Ships hit by U-boats

Akademik Shokalskij

Soviet Survey ship

Photo courtesy of Dmitriy A. Sidorov

NameAkademik Shokalskij
Type:Survey ship
Tonnage411 tons
Completed1940 - Pindushkaya Yard 
OwnerGlavnoe Upravlenie Severnogo Morskogo Puti (GUSMP) 
Date of attack27 Jul 1943Nationality:      Soviet
FateSunk by U-255 (Erich Harms)
Position76° 09'N, 68° 50'E - Grid AT 3513
Complement25 (11 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteDikson - Blagopoluchija Bay, Novaja Zemlja 
Notes on event

At 17.54 hours on 27 July 1943, U-255 opened fire at the Akademik Shokalskij with all weapons and three hits from the deck gun caused the ship to sink at 18.27 hours off Sporyji Navolok. Eight crew members were killed by the shelling and three others died of exhaustion. The survivors were picked up by the Soviet motorboat Poljarnik on 2 August.


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