Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,424 tons
Completed1919 - Pusey & Jones Co, Wilmington DE 
OwnerEilert Lund, Bergen 
Date of attack8 May 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-507 (Harro Schacht)
Position26° 40'N, 86° 40'W - Grid DB 7888
Complement26 (2 dead and 24 survivors).
RouteTocopilla - Cristobal (2 May) - Panama City, Florida 
Cargo3650 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.

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