Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Norsk Maritimt Museum

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,339 tons
Completed1938 - Nylands Verksted, Oslo 
OwnerOlsen & Ugelstad, Oslo 
Date of attack30 Apr 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-576 (Hans-Dieter Heinicke)
Position41° 52'N, 67° 43'W - Grid CA 3357
Complement20 (17 dead and 3 survivors).
RouteMatanzas, Cuba - New York (28 Apr) - Montreal 
Cargo2200 tons of unrefined sugar in 16200 sacks and 70 tons of chrome ore 
History Completed in March 1938 
Notes on event

At 07.37 hours on 30 April 1942 the unescorted Taborfjell (Master Erling Nilsen) was hit by two torpedoes from U-576 about 95 miles east of Cape Cod and caused the ship to sink within one minute. The ship sank so quickly that no lifeboats could be launched and the three survivors had all jumped overboard and rescued themselves on a raft. They observed how the U-boat passed them without taking any action and had seen three other survivors but they later disappeared. After 20 hours, the survivors were picked up by HMS P-552 (Lt A.R. Daniell, DSC, RN) and landed at St. John’s on 7 May.

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