Ships hit by U-boats

Alexandra Høegh

Norwegian Motor tanker

NameAlexandra Høegh
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,248 tons
Completed1935 - Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg 
OwnerLeif Høegh & Co A/S, Oslo 
Date of attack21 Jan 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-130 (Ernst Kals)
Position40° 53'N, 65° 56'W - Grid CB 1815
Complement28 (0 dead and 28 survivors).
RouteCaripito, Venezuela (13 Jan) - Halifax 
Cargo12,000 tons of crude oil 
History Completed in May 1935 
Notes on event

At 22.21 hours on 21 Jan 1942 the unescorted Alexandra Høegh (Master Anton Bredo Heian) was hit on the port side in the forward part by one torpedo from U-130 south of Shelburne, Nova Scotia. As the tanker settled by the bow the crew abandoned ship in three lifeboats. At 22.54 hours a coup de grâce was fired from a stern tube that hit between bridge and stern, causing a tremendous explosion that broke her in two with both parts drifting free from each other and sinking in position 40°54N/66°03W. Later all survivors were distributed between two of the boats and the motorboat took the other in tow for the nearest land. After 38 hours they were all picked up by the Boston fishing trawler Grand Marshall and landed at Shelburne in the afternoon on 23 January.

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