Norwegian Motor tanker
|Completed||1925 - Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij NV, Amsterdam|
|Owner||A/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen|
|Date of attack||25 Jan 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)|
|Position||38.58N, 74.06W - Grid CA 5435|
|Complement||40 (0 dead and 40 survivors).|
|Route||Curaçao (16 Jan) - New York|
|Cargo||12.750 tons of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in January 1925 |
|Notes on event|
At 10.02 hours on 25 Jan, 1942, the unescorted Varanger (Master Carl Horne) was hit on the port side by a G7a torpedo from U-130 about 28 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey. The torpedo struck between the foremast and the bridge, destroyed two lifeboats and disabled the radio and the stern gun. After the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats, the U-boat fired at 10.07 hours a G7e torpedo that failed and at 10.13 hours a G7e torpedo, which struck between the aft mast and the poop. Because the ship only settled slowly, another G7a torpedo was fired at 10.24 hours that hit aft of the bridge and set the cargo on fire. The tanker broke in three parts of which only the bow remained visible above water in shallow waters in 39°10N/73°45W. The survivors began to row towards the coast as the U-boat surfaced and later the motorboat took the other boat in tow. After about 6 hours they encountered two fishing vessels which towed the lifeboats to the US Coast Guard Station at Sea Island Inlet, New Jersey, arriving about 9 hours after the attack.
|On board||We have details of 38 people who were on board.|
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