Ships hit by U-boats


American Steam merchant

Norlindo under her former name Volusia

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,686 tons
Completed1920 - Globe Shipbuilding Co, Superior WI 
OwnerMerchants & Miners Transportation Co, Baltimore MD 
HomeportNew York 
Date of attack4 May 1942Nationality:      American
FateSunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)
Position24° 57'N, 84° 00'W - Grid DM 1739
Complement28 (5 dead and 23 survivors).
RouteMobile, Alabama - Havana, Cuba 

Built as Lake Glaucus for US Shipping Board, Washington DC. 1925 sold to Merchants & Miners Transportation Co, Baltimore MD and renamed Volusia. 1941 sold to Norlasco SS Co, New York and renamed Norlindo, but in the same year given back to Merchants & Miners Transportation Co.

On 11 Mar 1942, the Norlindo picked up seven survivors from the Caribsea, which had been sunk by U-158 (Rostin) the same day and took them to the Cape Henry Lighthouse. 

Notes on event

At 17.42 hours on 4 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Norlindo (Master Clesson E. Pierce) was torpedoed by U-507 about 80 miles northwest of Dry Tortugas Island. One torpedo struck on the starboard side aft between the #3 and #4 hatches, causing the mainmast to fall. The ship began sinking quickly, listed to starboard and finally sank by the stern. The seven officers and 21 crewmen on board did not have the time to launch the lifeboats and jumped overboard, but five men working in the after hold went down with the ship. The survivors were picked up from four rafts by San Blas two days later and landed at Cristobal on 11 May.

At the time of the attack, two tankers lay in view of the Norlindo, the Joseph M. Cudahy and Munger T. Ball, one about ten miles to the east and the other just over the horizon. Schacht questioned the survivors, even providing them supplies and then went on to chase the other ships and managed to sink both.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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