American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Saginaw Shipbuilding Co, Saginaw MI|
|Owner||North Atlantic & Gulf SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||19 Jan 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-123 (Reinhard Hardegen)|
|Position||36° 07'N, 75° 23'W - Grid CA 7668|
|Complement||29 (29 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Nuevitas, Cuba (14 Jan) - Philadelphia|
|Cargo||3980 tons of ore|
|History||Laid down as Lake Eaglerock, completed in November 1920 as Lake Gatun for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1926 sold to Stanley Hillier Inc and apparently sold for scrapping to Ford Motor Co, River Rouge MI in 1927, but withdrawn by US Shipping Board. 1929 transferred to Merchants & Miners Transportation Co, Baltimore MD and renamed York. 1941 sold to North Atlantic & Gulf Steamship Co, New York and renamed Norvana. |
|Notes on event|
At 05.16 hours on 19 January 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Norvana (Master Ernest Jefferson Thompson) was hit just aft of the stack by one torpedo from U-123 about 50 miles north of Cape Hatteras after a first torpedo fired at 04.41 hours had missed. The explosion caused the ship to sink by the stern within one minute, leaving no survivors among the eight officers and 21 crewmen on board. The US Navy later found an empty lifeboat from the Norvana off Wimble Shoals.
|On board||We have details of 29 people who were on board.|
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