Ships hit by U-boats


Bonneville

Norwegian Motor merchant



Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2021

NameBonneville
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,665 tons
Completed1929 - Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller, Odense 
OwnerA.F. Klaveness & Co A/S, Oslo 
HomeportOslo 
Date of attack9 Mar 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
 
FateSunk by U-405 (Rolf-Heinrich Hopman)
Position58° 45'N, 21° 57'W - Grid AL 1759
Complement43 (36 dead and 7 survivors).
ConvoySC-121
RouteNew York - Liverpool 
Cargo7196 tons of general cargo, explosives and a landing craft as deck cargo 
History Completed in September 1929 
Notes on event

At 22.35 hours on 9 March 1943, U-405 attacked the convoy SC-121 and observed two hits from starboard on a ship which sank. The ship hit was the the Bonneville (Master Finn Tessem), which was the ship of the convoy commodore R.C. Birnie in station #81. Among the 36 dead were the master, the commodore and his staff of seven men, several of them froze to death on rafts or in lifeboats. Four of the seven survivors were picked up from a capsized lifeboat by the rescue ship Melrose Abbey and one other man was picked up from a raft by the same vessel.

The landing craft HMS LCT-2341 was also lost when the ship sank.

 
More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 43 people who were on board

Location of attack on Bonneville.

ship sunk.


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