Ships hit by U-boats


Icelandic Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,542 tons
Completed1921 - Frederikshavns Vaerft & Flydedok A/S, Frederikshavn 
OwnerEimskipafélag Íslands, Reykjavík 
Date of attack10 Nov 1944Nationality:      Icelandic
FateSunk by U-300 (Fritz Hein)
Position64° 08'N, 22° 45'W - Grid AE 4753
Complement44 (25 dead and 19 survivors).
RouteNew York - Loch Ewe - Reykjavik 
Cargo1240 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in July 1921 
Notes on event

At 14.59 hours on 10 Nov 1944 the Godafoss (Master Sigurður Gíslason) from the storm scattered convoy UR-142 was hit by one LUT torpedo from U-300 off Reykjanes and sank within seven minutes. The ship had stopped against orders to rescue survivors from the burning Shirvan when torpedoed. 14 crew members, one convoy signalman and ten passengers, among them a family of five (two young doctors returning from Harvard and their 3 children) were lost.

On boardWe have details of 44 people who were on board

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