Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,226 tons
Completed1912 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore 
OwnerStockholms Rederi-A/B Svea, Stockholm 
Date of attack14 Mar 1945Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-714 (Hans-Joachim Schwebcke)
Position55° 52'N, 1° 59'W - Grid AN 5167
Complement21 (10 dead and 11 survivors).
RouteLiverpool - Dundee - Methil (14 Mar) - London 
CargoGeneral cargo, including 670 tons of seed potatoes, hemp and zinc 
History Completed in October 1912 
Notes on event

At 15.30 hours on 14 March 1945 the Magne (Master Valentin Eriksson) in convoy FS-1756 was hit on the starboard side aft by one torpedo from U-714 off St. Abbey Head. The stern broke off and the ship (armed with two machine guns) sank within five minutes, capsizing to starboard. The survivors abandoned ship in the starboard lifeboat and were picked up in rough seas by the British coastal tanker Acclivity. The U-boat was located by escorts shortly after the attack and sunk later that day.

On boardWe have details of 9 people who were on board

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