Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,025 tons
Completed1937 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerA/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord 
Date of attack21 Apr 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-191 (Helmut Fiehn)
Position56° 07'N, 44° 26'W - Grid AJ 2895
Complement41 (2 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (11 Apr) - New York 
CargoBallast and 2300 bags of mail 
History Completed in February 1937 
Notes on event

At 18.30 hours on 21 April 1943 the Scebeli (Master Julius G. Lysøe) in station #41 of convoy ON-178 was hit in the bow on the port side by one of two torpedoes from U-191 and quickly developed a heavy list to port. The crew abandoned ship in three lifeboats and stayed near the ship to search for survivors in the water. One man had been killed in the explosion and another drowned. HMS Hurricane (H 06) (Cdr E.C. Bayldon, DSC, RN) and HMS Kale (K 241) (LtCdr G.W. Houchen, OBE, RNR) unsuccessfully chased the attacker and after two hours returned to the slowly sinking ship. The frigate picked up the survivors and landed them at Argentia, Newfoundland on 26 April.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 40 people who were on board

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