Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,607 tons
Completed1930 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerWilh. Wilhelmsen, Oslo 
Date of attack19 Jun 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-48 (Hans Rudolf Rösing)
Position45° 10'N, 11° 50'W - Grid BE 9359
Complement39 (1 dead and 38 survivors).
RouteSydney, NSW - Melbourne (15 Mar) - Marseilles - Lisbon - Gibraltar (13 Jun) - Liverpool 
Cargo3800 tons of steel and 600 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in April 1930 
Notes on event

At 01.25 hours on 19 June 1940 the Tudor (Master Hans Bjønnes) in convoy HG-34F was hit on the port side by one G7e torpedo from U-48 northwest of Cape Finisterre. The torpedo had been spotted by a lookout but the evasive maneuver was too late and it struck between #1 and #2 hatch. The crew abandoned ship in four lifeboats as the ship settled by the bow and one of them was destroyed by the propeller that came out of the water. The second engineer was lost in the incident and the third mate was injured. The boats remained near the ship until she sank about 4 hours after the hit and then set sail for the Spanish coast. During the day, 15 survivors in one boat were picked up by HMS Arabis (K 73) (LtCdr B. Blewitt, RNR) and the remaining survivors in the other two boats by HMS Calendula (K 28) (LtCdr A.D. Bruford, RNVR) and landed in Plymouth on 21 and 22 June.

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