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Built 1930

Tonnage 1,973 / 3,200 tons

Cargo: 1,316 tons of groundnuts

Sunk 1 May 41 by U-103 on pos 08º 35’N 16º 17’W

Route: Bathurst - Freetown- UK 

1 Dead

19 Survivors

In 1940, the Danish Samsø of Carl Martin Heimdal, Elsinore was taken over by Britain and transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT).

At 18.34 hours on 1 May, 1941, the unescorted Samsø (Master Hefarn Madsorn) was hit near the aft mast by one torpedo from U-103 southwest of Freetown and sank slowly in 50 minutes. One crew member was lost. The master and 18 crew members in three lifeboats landed at Los Island, French Guinea on 3 May, were taken to Conakry and thence to Freetown on 16 May.  



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