British Steam merchant
|Completed||1923 - Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller, Odense|
|Owner||William Petersen & Co Ltd, London|
|Date of attack||12 Jun 1941||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-553 (Karl Thurmann)|
|Position||44° 45'N, 25° 15'W - Grid BD 9398|
|Complement||24 (24 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Newport (1 Jun) - Milford Haven (3 Jun) - Curaçao|
|History||Completed in October 1923 as Danish Susan Mærsk for A.P. Møller, Copenhagen. In May 1940 taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 01.22 hours on 12 June 1941, U-553 fired one torpedo at an unescorted freighter about 370 miles north-northeast of the Azores and observed how the ship sank within 90 seconds after being hit underneath the bridge. The U-boat had spotted the ship about five hours earlier and missed with a stern torpedo at 01.05 hours. The target must have been the Susan Mærsk (Master Kaj Bjørn Thomsen) which was reported missing after being detached from convoy OG-64. The master, 22 crew members and one gunner were lost.
|On board||We have details of 23 people who were on board.|
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