Finnish Steam merchant
|Completed||1914 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland|
|Owner||O/Y Wipu (Antti Wihuri), Helsinki|
|Date of attack||17 Feb 1940||Nationality: Finnish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)|
|Position||49° 24'N, 7° 11'W - Grid BF 1678|
|Complement||27 (0 dead and 27 survivors).|
|Route||Savannah - Norfolk - Antwerp - Rotterdam|
|Cargo||General cargo, including tobacco, gum rosin, wheat and turpentine|
|History||Completed in June 1914 as Norwegian Kongsfos for A/S Manchester (Thor Thoresen, Jr.), Kristiania. 1921 renamed Randsfjord for Den Norske Amerikalinje A/S, Oslo. In July 1934 sold to Finland and renamed Gertrud for Rederi A/B Getrud (Kristian Hansen A/B O/Y), Helsinki. In September 1939 renamed Wilja for O/Y Wipu (Antti Wihuri), Helsinki. |
|Notes on event|
At 20.36 hours on 17 February 1940 the unescorted and neutral Wilja (Master Martin J. Björkroth) was hit aft by a G7a torpedo from U-48, caught fire and sank after five minutes about 40 miles south-west of Bishop Rock. The U-boat had spotted an illuminated Dutch ship and a darkened vessel about 30 minutes earlier and attacked the latter. The other ship was Maasdam, which picked up the survivors and landed them in Havana, Cuba.
|On board||We have details of 27 people who were on board.|
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