Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Richard Cox

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,387 tons
Completed1922 - Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerFred Olsen & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack22 Jan 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-55 (Werner Heidel)
Position58° 00'N, 8° 45'W - Grid AM 37
Complement23 (23 dead - no survivors)
RouteLisbon (7 Jan) - Oporto (17 Jan) - Bergen - Oslo 
Cargo750 tons of general cargo, including 140 tons of oil, 45 tons of cork, wine and almonds 
History Completed in April 1922 
Notes on event

On 20 January 1940 the neutral Segovia (Master Carsten Eugen Christiansen) passed Lands End and was reported missing thereafter, presumed lost the next day off the west coast of Scotland. The master, 21 crew members and one passenger were lost. It is believed that she was sunk by U-55 which did not return from her patrol.

Wreckage and debris spotted in two different places northwest of the Hebrides on 27 and 28 January 1940 probably were from Andalusia and Segovia.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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