Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1916 - Scheepswerf Jonker & Stans, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht|
|Owner||Erling J. Torstensen, Arendal|
|Date of attack||4 Dec 1939||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-31 (Johannes Habekost)|
|Position||57.15N, 01.50E - Grid AN 5316|
|Complement||19 (3 dead and 16 survivors).|
|Route||West Hartlepool (3 Dec) - Gothenburg|
Completed in December 1916 as Froland for Vest-Norge D/S A/S (H. Schnitler), Kristiansand. 1919 renamed Troldholmen for Taormina D/S A/S (Eivind Eriksen), Oslo. 1920 renamed Gimle for the same owner. 1934 sold to Skibs-A/S Froland (Erling J. Torstensen), Arendal.
|Notes on event|
At 01.23 hours on 4 Dec, 1939, the unescorted Gimle (Master Nils Dahl Nielsen) was torpedoed and sunk by U-31 in the North Sea. The ship was struck by one torpedo near #3 hatch and soon listed heavily to starboard. All the lights went out and the starboard lifeboat was destroyed, but the survivors managed to launch the port boat. The master and two men were fished up from the water by the boat. The damaged motorboat with one man had floated free, as well as a raft with another man. The lifeboat with 13 survivors took the raft with three survivors in tow. Several of the survivors were not properly dressed, so they had to sit barefoot in the ice cold water which collected on the bottom. By the time they were rescued they had developed large sores, and were very swollen. Due to stormy weather with heavy seas the tow kept breaking so the men on the raft were transferred into the boat in the afternoon of the 5 December and they dropped a sea anchor. The next morning they set sail for the English coast. At least 14 vessels passed them until they were picked up on 7 December by the Rudolf and taken to Arendal.
|On board||We have details of 19 people who were on board.|
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