Ships hit by U-boats

Erik Boye

Canadian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

NameErik Boye
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,238 tons
Completed1924 - Nakskov Skibsv√¶rft A/S, Nakskov 
OwnerCanadian National Steamships Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack15 Jun 1940Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position50° 37'N, 8° 44'W - Grid BF 1347
Complement22 (0 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteQuebec - Halifax - Milford Haven - Sharpness 
Cargo3568 tons of wheat 
History Completed in March 1924 as Danish Erik Boye for A/S D/S Vendila (Svendsen & Christensen), Copenhagen. In May 1940 taken over by the Canadian Government at Halifax. 
Notes on event

At 01.01 and 01.05 hours on 15 June 1940, U-38 fired torpedoes at convoy HX-47 about 60 miles west of the Scilly Isles and sank the Italia and Erik Boye.

The Erik Boye (Master Martin Bantz) in station #67 was hit by a G7a torpedo and sank slowly by the bow. The master and 21 crew members abandoned ship in one lifeboat, were picked up by HMS Fowey (L 15) (Cdr H.B. Ellison, RN) and landed at Plymouth on 16 June.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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