Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage9,467 tons
Completed1937 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerBrødrene Olsen A/S, Stavanger 
Date of attack21 Feb 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-67 (Günther Müller-Stöckheim)
Position12° 23'N, 69° 16'W - Grid EC 9379
Complement46 (37 dead and 9 survivors).
RoutePuerto La Cruz (20 Feb) - Curaçao - Aruba 
Cargo15,600 tons of light crude oil 
History Completed in August 1937

At 01.55 hours on 27 Jun 1941, U-564 (Suhren) fired three single torpedoes in one minute intervals at the convoy HX-133 and observed three hits. The Maasdam and Malaya II were sunk and the Kongsgaard was damaged.
The Kongsgaard (Master Leif Moen) was torpedoed amidships and caught fire in position 60°N/30°42W. The crew first abandoned ship in the lifeboats, but the master, one mate and nine crew members later reboarded the vessel and managed to extinguish the fire with the help of more men. After picking up the remaining crew, the tanker continued and arrived at Belfast on 2 July. Three days later, a telegram from the First Lord of the Admiralty arrived, congratulating them on bringing their ship safely to port after being torpedoed. 
Notes on event

At 15.32 hours on 21 Feb 1942 the unescorted Kongsgaard (Master Leif Moen) was attacked by U-67 with two torpedoes seven miles west of Noordpunt, Curaçao. One torpedo was seen by the master and he tried to evade, but one of the torpedoes struck on the port side between the bridge and the poop deck. The cargo caught fire, sending flames high above the entire afterpart. A dinghy was thrown overboard, whereupon two men tried to save themselves in it, but the flames caught up with them. Some men amidships lowered the starboard boat and then rowed away as fast as they could, after having fished some men out of the sea. At 19.02 hours, the U-boat fired a coup de grâce, which missed and at 19.30 hours a second, which struck the afterpart and caused the tanker to sink about seven miles west of North Point.

The master and seven survivors in the lifeboat were rescued by a fishing vessel three hours later and taken to Curaçao. An ninth survivor was also picked up, he jumped off the afterpart and swam through the flames which had quickly spread on the water after the explosion, until he reached open water.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 80 people who were on board

Attack entries for Kongsgaard

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
27 Jun 1941U-564Oblt. Reinhard SuhrenDamaged9,467  
21 Feb 1942U-67Kptlt. Günther Müller-StöckheimSunk9,467  

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