Norwegian Motor tanker
|Completed||1931 - Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel|
|Owner||Arnt J. Mørland, Arendal|
|Date of attack||30 Aug 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-564 (Reinhard Suhren)|
|Position||11° 35'N, 60° 40'W - Grid EE 9933|
|Complement||41 (0 dead and 41 survivors).|
|Route||Capetown (7 Aug) - Trinidad|
|History||Completed in April 1931. Since 1940 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). |
|Notes on event|
At 06.12 hours on 30 Aug 1942, U-564 fired her last two torpedoes at the unescorted Vardaas (Master Hans Rustad) northeast of Tobago Island. One of them was a tube runner and missed, but the other hit on the starboard quarter and caused a heavy list to starboard after the #1 wingtank was flooded. At 07.10 hours, the U-boat surfaced, shelled the ship from both sides for 30 minutes with 50 rounds (35 hits) and then left the burning tanker in a sinking condition. Apparently the wreck remained afloat and had to be scuttled on 31 August. The survivors abandoned ship in two lifeboats and made landfall about 7 hours after the attack at Plymouth Bay, Tobago Island.
|On board||We have details of 41 people who were on board.|
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