Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,161 tons
Completed1930 - Barclay, Curle & Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerRafen & Loennechen, Tønsberg 
Date of attack4 Aug 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateDamaged by U-160 (Georg Lassen)
Position10° 25'N, 56° 00'W - Grid EE 8915
Complement33 (2 dead and 31 survivors).
RouteFreetown - Trinidad 
History Since 1941 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary. 
Notes on event

At 01.59 hours on 4 Aug 1942 the unescorted Havsten (Master Gjert Olsen) was hit by one torpedo from U-160 (Lassen) and at 02.05 hours, missed by a second torpedo. The U-boat then surfaced and shelled the tanker with 20 rounds, setting her on fire and the crew abandoned ship. The second engineer and another crew member had been killed on watch below.
The master Captain Gjert Olsen and the British radio officer were taken prisoners by the U-boat. They were taken to the POW camps Marlag und Milag Nord, but the master eventually came back to Norway. On 14 August, the lifeboats reached land.

At 10.31 hours on 6 Aug 1942 the drifting wreck of the Havsten was sunk by the Italian submarine Enrico Tazzoli (Fecia di Cossato) by two torpedoes in 11°18N/54°45W.

On boardWe have details of 33 people who were on board

Location of attack on Havsten.

ship damaged.

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