History
NameSneland I
Owner
  • Stange & Dreyer GmbH (1922-1925)
  • Richard Amlie & Sverre Amlie (1925-1945)
Port of registryNorway Haugesund
BuilderNüscke & Co., Stettin-Grabow
CompletedSeptember 1922
Identification
  • Code Letters LCYF–LDWB
FateTorpedoed and sunk, 7 May 1945
General characteristics
Tonnage1,791 GRT
Length82 m
Beam13 m
Depth5 m
PropulsionScrew propeller
Crew29

Sneland I (Norwegian for “snowland one”) was a 1,791 GRT cargo ship which was built by Nüscke & Co. shipyard at Stettin-Grabow (then Germany) in 1922. She was the last merchant ship to be torpedoed by Germany in the Second World War, on 7 May 1945, one day before German surrender.[1]

History

The ship was built for the German shipping line Stange & Dreyer GmbH in 1922 and got the name Ingeborg. Three years later, in 1925, it was sold to the Norwegian shipping company Richard Amlie & Sverre Amlie (Amlie & Amlie) in Haugesund, and renamed Sneland I.

On 6 May 1945 the ship was a member of Convoy EN 491, which departed Hull bound for Belfast via Methil.[2] On 7 May 1945, the convoy was attacked by U-2336 and two ships were sunk, Sneland I and Avondale Park, which became the last merchant ships to be sunk by a German U-boat during the Second World War. The sinking, at about 22:45 on 7 May 1945, was in the last hours of the Second World War in Europe, with the official surrender taking place at 23:01 on 8 May 1945.[3]

Sneland I sank at 56°10′N 02°31′W / 56.167°N 2.517°W / 56.167; -2.517Coordinates: 56°10′N 02°31′W / 56.167°N 2.517°W / 56.167; -2.517. Seven of the 29 crew were lost. A signal had been sent to the U-boats on 4 May 1945 ordering them to surrender but U-2336 did not receive the signal.[4]

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References

  1. ^ Data Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ Voyage record Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  3. ^ Crew list Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  4. ^ Eberhard Rössler: U-Boottyp XXIII. 2nd extended edition, Bernard & Graefe, Bonn 2002, ISBN 3-7637-6236-1, pp. 109–112, (German).