Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Whale factory ship

Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

Type:Whale factory ship
Tonnage7,866 tons
Completed1898 - C. Connell & Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerMelsom & Melsom, Larvik 
Date of attack7 Apr 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position35° 08'N, 75° 22'W - Grid CA 7991
Complement50 (1 dead and 49 survivors).
RouteCuraƧao - New York 
Cargo8900 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in March 1898 as steam merchant Knight Errant for Knight SS Co Ltd (Greenshields, Cowie), Liverpool. 1914 renamed Rio Tiete for European & Brazilian Shipping Co Ltd (Petersen & Co), London. 1916 sold to Russia and renamed Omsk for Russian Volunteer Fleet (Dobrolyot), Petrograd. 1917 seized by the British Government. 1921 renamed Calanda for London & Foreign Trading Co Ltd (W.J.M. Bell), London. 1923 renamed Flackwell for D.L. Flack & Son Ltd, London. 1925 sold to Norway and converted to the whale factory ship Lancing for Melsom & Melsom, Larvik. 
Notes on event

At 10.52 hours on 7 April 1942 the Lancing (Master Bjerkholt) was torpedoed by U-552 off Cape Hatteras. One torpedo struck on the starboard side amidships, destroying both lifeboats on that side and killing one crew member. The survivors abandoned ship in four lifeboats and were picked up by the American tanker Pan Rhode Island the same morning and taken to Norfolk. They spent the night at the naval base, before being sent by Greyhound bus to New York.

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