Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,630 tons
Completed1927 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerHelmer Staubo & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack11 Mar 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-94 (Otto Ites)
Position38° 27'N, 74° 54'W - Grid CA 5489
Complement20 (6 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteSagua la Grande, Cuba - Boston 
History Chartered by the United Fruit Company since 5 Mar 1940. 
Notes on event

At 03.16 hours on 11 March 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Hvoslef (Master Arthur Dahl) was hit by two torpedoes from U-94 and sank within two minutes two miles east of Fenwick Island off Delaware Bay. The master, three Norwegian and two Swedish crew members were lost. The survivors kept themselves afloat in a damaged lifeboat until they landed on Rehobeth Beach near Cape Henlopen about a half mile north of Fenwick Island Light after 14 hours. Three injured men were hospitalized in the Bebee Hospital in Lewis, while the other survivors were sent to New York the following day.
The body of the master was later found on a cork raft, which was located by an aircraft two days later.

On boardWe have details of 20 people who were on board

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