Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,327 tons
Completed1919 - H. te Veldhuis, Papendrecht 
OwnerStener S. Müller, Bergen 
Date of attack16 Sep 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position - Grid AM 1751
Complement17 (0 dead and 17 survivors).
ConvoySC-3 (straggler)
RouteDalhousie - Sydney (2 Sep) - Belfast - River Tyne 
Cargo1500 tons (500 standards) of timber 
History Built as Erholm, later renamed Svartisen 1935 renamed Lotos

In the morning of 10 Jun 1940, the Lotos (Master Karl Hjellestad) left Rouen, without a pilot and under constant bombardment from eleven German aircraft, just as the Germans captured the city. She also experienced the heavy air attacks in Le Havre the same evening and picked up some crew members from the Norwegian steam merchant Ellavore, which had been hit and sunk and brought them to England. 

Notes on event

At 02.41 hours on 16 Sep 1940 the Lotos (Master Karl Hjellestad) was hit by one torpedo from U-99 on the starboard side abaft of the #2 hatch and sank 15 miles northwest of Rockall. The ship had been in convoy SC-3, but could not keep up with the speed and lost the convoy shortly after they left Sydney. One lifeboat with nine men reached shore after three days, the second lifeboat containing eight survivors including the master made landfall at Castlebay, Hebrides after 5 days.

On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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