Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Pusey & Jones Co, Wilmington DE|
|Owner||Eilert Lund, Bergen|
|Date of attack||8 May 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)|
|Position||26° 40'N, 86° 40'W - Grid DB 7888|
|Complement||26 (2 dead and 24 survivors).|
|Route||Tocopilla - Cristobal (2 May) - Panama City, Florida|
|Cargo||3650 tons of nitrate|
|History||Launched as War Crater, completed in January 1919 as Marshall for US Shipping Board. 1920 sold to Henrik Østervolds D/S A/S, Bergen. 1927 renamed Torny for D/S A/S Torny (J. Eliassen), Bergen and 1937 sold to A/S Nesjar (Eilert Lund), Bergen. |
|Notes on event|
At 14.45 hours on 8 May 1942 the unescorted Torny (Master Harald Østerbø) was hit on the starboard side by one torpedo from U-507 in the Gulf of Mexico. The torpedo struck near the fire room, killing two men on watch below, destroying the starboard lifeboat and blowing away a part of the bridge and the cabin of the captain. The crew abandoned ship in the port lifeboat and a motorboat as the ship settled immediately by the bow after hold #2 was flooded. The lifeboat with 15 men was pulled toward the still running propeller and most of the occupants jumped overboard, but just then the ship sank three minutes after being hit and pulled them under while the boat missed the propeller by six inches. However, all men swimming in the water could be rescued by the boats. The Germans questioned the survivors and searched the area before leaving. The motorboat took the lifeboat in tow and headed north, but less than three hours after the sinking an US Army aircraft located the boats and ordered them to steer east. About one hour later, the survivors were picked up by two seaplanes and brought to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
|On board||We have details of 26 people who were on board.|
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