Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,027 tons
Completed1938 - Trondhjems Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim 
OwnerD/S A/S Truls (M. Thorvik), Oslo 
Date of attack21 Apr 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-201 (Adalbert Schnee)
Position33° 35'N, 69° 38'W - Grid DC 3456
Complement25 (4 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteBaltimore (18 Apr) - Natal, Brazil 
CargoAsphalt and flour 
History Completed in April 1938 
Notes on event

At 02.36 hours on 21 April 1942 the unescorted Bris (Master Einar Hansen) was hit on the port side between #1 and #2 holds by one G7e torpedo from U-201 about 260 miles west-northwest of Bermuda. The U-boat had chased her for 15 hours because the irregular zigzag course steered by the ship made it difficult to reach a favorable attack position. After the hit the vessel quickly settled by the head and sank by the bow capsizing to port within 6 minutes. The survivors had no time to send a distress signal and immediately abandoned ship in two lifeboats. However, some men jumped overboard and three of them were caught in the swirl of the still turning propeller and were killed. The next day they found an overturned lifeboat which was righted and the master and eight men transferred into it. The boats were separated in bad weather and the boat of the master capsized three times, causing the loss of food and equipment, but they managed to right it each time. On 3 May, they were picked up by the American motor tanker Chester D. Swain five nautical miles off Cape Fear, after having been spotted by two aircrafts the day before which dropped supplies. The third engineer died the same day and the others were brought to the US Coast Guard base at Charleston. On 4 May, the 13 men in the other lifeboat were picked up by the harbor tug USS YT-132, attached to the Parris Island Marine Base and were landed there.

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