Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of H. Larsson-Feddes Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,089 tons
Completed1920 - Union Shipbuilding Co, Baltimore MD 
OwnerJacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen 
Date of attack12 Mar 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-578 (Ernst-August Rehwinkel)
Position41° 33'N, 51° 02'W - Grid CC 2644
Complement32 (32 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyON-70 (straggler)
RouteClyde (26 Feb) - Mobile 
History Completed in July 1920 as John R. Gibbons for American Bauxite Co, Bauxite AR. 1924 sold to Norway and renamed Ingerto for Jacob Kjøde A/S, Bergen. In 1940 she came under German control, but was captured by British forces at Spitsbergen on 9 August 1941 and was sent to Reykjavik. The vessel returned to the Norwegian owner in Allied service. 
Notes on event

At 15.36 hours on 12 March 1942, U-578 fired a spread of two torpedoes at the unescorted Ingerto (Master Olaf Thorvald Ellingsen) and one of them struck after 1 minute 11 seconds, causing her to sink quickly about 370 miles south-southeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland. The ship had been reported missing after straggling from convoy ON-70 in 44°30N/49°30W on 11 March, was last seen the next day and never heard from again.

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