Signe (1940)

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Karl A. E. Sundblom's grave.
Photo from Shetland Museum and Archives.

The Signe (from 1922), (formerly the Glan (from 1920), the Edith (from 1895) and the Stora Lee or Storra Lee (built as)), a steamship, carrying a general cargo or in ballast (the available records are in dispute), 1540 GRT, 78 L x 11 B metres, built 1882 W. Gray & Co, West Hartlepool, England, registered in either Helsenburg (presumed Helsingborg, Sweden) or, Mariehamn, Aland, Finland (the available records are in dispute), owner Arvid Abrahamsson, Mariehamn, Aland, Finland, Captain Bengt Mattsson. Nineteen crew.

This vessel in passage from Gothenburg, Sweden for Burntisland, Fife, Scotland via Bergen, Norway (which she had left of March 30th), having fallen 5 miles behind the small convoy (HN-23A) she was part of, was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U38 commanded by Heinrich Liebe in the vicinity of Fair Isle at 00.21 on April 2nd 1940. All of the crew perished.

A raft carrying the remains of one crew member, Karl Arne Emanuel Sundblom, of Naversholma, Fuglo, Aland, Finland, aged 20, was recovered, understood to have been on April 4th by the crew of the Good Shepherd II, and was interred in Fair Isle Kirkyard.

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