Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage924 tons
Completed1893 - Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerSkibs-A/S Sandøy (S.A. Larsen & E. Thorvildsen), Oslo 
Date of attack21 Dec 1939Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-46 (Herbert Sohler)
Position58° 07'N, 1° 32'E - Grid AN 4159
Complement15 (0 dead and 15 survivors).
RouteGothenburg - UK 
History Completed in April 1893 as Skeffington for J.O. Scott & Co, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1899 sold to Fisher, Renwick & Co, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1901 sold to Sweden and renamed Småland for Ångfartygs-A/B Tirfing (Axel Broström), Gothenburg. 1915 sold to Norway and renamed Rudolf for A/S Rudolf (Olsen & Ugelstad), Oslo. 1935 sold to Skibs-A/S Skåbu (Paul Blich), Olso. 1937 sold to Skibs-A/S Sandøy (S.A. Larsen & E. Thorvildsen), Oslo.

On 7 Dec 1939, the Rudolf (Master T. Bøtger) picked up 16 survivors from the Gimle and landed them in Arendal.

Notes on event

At 04.40 hours on 21 Dec 1939 the Rudolf (Master T. Bøtger) was hit in the aft part by one torpedo from U-46 about 110 miles east-northeast of Rattray Head and settled quickly by the stern while the survivors abandoned ship in two lifeboats. The ship had been hit by a dud about 10 minutes earlier. Six men in one boat were picked up by Biarritz after sailing 150 miles and landed at Antwerp. Nine survivors in the other boat were picked up by the Norwegian steam merchant Bjerka (Master Thorolf Christensen) and taken to Kopervik.

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