Norwegian Motor tanker
|Completed||1928 - A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg|
|Owner||Hagb. Waage, Oslo|
|Date of attack||17 Mar 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-71 (Walter Flachsenberg)|
|Position||38.00N, 65.20W - Grid CB 4941|
|Complement||34 (34 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Houston - Halifax - UK|
Completed in April 1928
|Notes on event|
At 18.58 hours on 17 Mar, 1942, the unescorted Ranja (Master Andreas Mossin) was hit near the bridge by two torpedoes from U-71 about 450 miles east-southeast of Philadelphia. The tanker caught fire in the foreship and developed a list to port. At 19.54 hours, a coup de grâce (surface runner) hit underneath the forward mast and stopped the vessel that was now on fire from stem to stern. The U-boat left the area at 20.00 hours when it became clear that the ship will sink. The master, 31 crew members and two gunners were lost.
|On board||We have details of 34 people who were on board.|
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