Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1900 - C.S. Swan & Hunter Ltd, Wallsend|
|Owner||Brummenæs & Torgersen, Haugesund|
|Date of attack||6 Apr 1944||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-302 (Herbert Sickel)|
|Position||45° 05'N, 35° 11'W - Grid BD 7348|
|Complement||39 (3 dead and 36 survivors).|
|Route||Halifax (29 Mar) - Liverpool|
|Cargo||Steel, lumber and pit props|
delivered in April 1900 as Ruth to Hagb. Waage, Christiania. 1927 sold to Brummenæs & Torgersen, Haugesund and renamed Ruth I in April 1932.
At 08.30 hours on 28 Jan 1941, the Ruth I, a straggler from convoy SC-19, was attacked and slightly damaged by German Condor aircraft about 350 miles west of the Orkneys.
On 21 Jul 1941, she left Oban in convoy OG-69 for Gibraltar, but after Inga I had been torpedoed and sunk by U-126 (Bauer) on 27 July, the Ruth I and two British ships were ordered to leave the convoy and reached the destination safely. In October 1941, Ruth I (Master Einar Haugland) returned to the UK in convoy HG-75.
|Notes on event|
The Ruth I (Master Einar Haugland) broke in two and sank after 20 minutes. Three men on watch below were killed. 17 survivors abandoned ship in a damaged lifeboat and 19 others on an improvised raft. All survivors were picked up a few hours later by the HMS Chelmer (K 221). On 12 April, they were transferred to the British rescue vessel Goodwin and landed at Gourock the next day.
|On board||We have details of 39 people who were on board.|
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