Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Roger W. Jordan

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,393 tons
Completed1939 - Cantieri Navali del Quarnaro Società Anonima, Fiume 
OwnerA/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen 
Date of attack24 Oct 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position - Grid FB 2985
Complement45 (0 dead and 45 survivors).
RouteNew York - Port of Spain, Trinidad (13 Oct) - Takoradi - Lagos - Duala 
Cargo7300 tons of general cargo, including 5 tanks, trucks and road scrapers as deck cargo 
History Completed in July 1939. On 11 Sep 1942, the Siranger (Master Amund Utne) picked up 16 survivors from Vimeira which had been sunk by U-109 (Bleichrodt) on 11 August and one survivor from the British steam merchant Sylvia de Larrinaga which had been sunk by the Italian submarine Reginaldo Giuliani (Bruno) on 14 August. 
Notes on event

At 09.13 hours on 24 Oct 1943 the unescorted Siranger (Master Amund Utne) was hit on the starboard side at #1 hatch by a Gnat from U-155 and sank by the bow after 30 minutes. The ship had been spotted at 03.50 hours and missed by two torpedoes at 09.10 hours. The 41 crew members and four passengers abandoned ship in three lifeboats, one of which had to row back to rescue a British passenger who had jumped overboard. The U-boat then surfaced and asked two men in one of the boats to come aboard. An engineer was later allowed to return to the boat, but the wounded third mate Otto Friis Hansen was kept as prisoner of war. A tendon in his wounded forearm was shortly thereafter operated by Stabsarzt Dr. Franzen on board of the U-boat. He was landed at Lorient on 1 Jan 1944 and sent to the POW camp Milag Nord near Bremen.

On the morning of 27 October, the three lifeboats were separated. The boat of the master sighted a lighthouse in the evening and the next morning met a fishing vessel, which directed them to Nazare, just north of Cururupu, Brazil. By 30 October, the survivors from all three boats arrived at Cururupu.

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