Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,374 tons
Completed1931 - Odense Staalskibsværft ved A.P. Møller, Odense 
OwnerMoltzau & Christensen, Oslo 
Date of attack15 Jun 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position43° 18'N, 17° 38'W - Grid BE 8839
Complement37 (0 dead and 37 survivors).
RouteCuraçao - Lisbon (11 Jun) - Clyde 
Cargo6000 tons of fuel oil 
History Completed in August 1931. Since 1940 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). 
Notes on event

At 00.58 and 00.59 hours on 15 June 1942, U-552 attacked convoy HG-84 about 400 miles west-northwest of Corunna and sank three ships, Etrib, Pelayo and Slemdal.

The Slemdal (Master Joh. M. Pedersen) was torpedoed in the foreship on the starboard side and sank about 90 minutes later. 20 survivors were picked up by HMS Marigold (K 87) (Lt J.A.S. Halcrow, RNR) and 17 survivors by the British rescue ship Copeland (Master J. McKellar, OBE) and landed at Gourock on 20 June.

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On boardWe have details of 37 people who were on board

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