Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Sverre Johansen

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,841 tons
Completed1927 - A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg 
OwnerChristian Gundersen & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack2 Jul 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-129 (Hans-Ludwig Witt)
Position23° 33'N, 92° 35'W - Grid DL 4146
Complement26 (1 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteTela, Honduras (29 Jun) - Galveston 
Cargo16,255 banana stems 
History Completed in April 1927 
Notes on event

At 06.17 hours on 2 July 1942 the unescorted Gundersen (Master Bjarne Jørgensen) was hit on the port side at #2 hatch by one G7a torpedo from U-129 and immediately settled by the bow which was broke off by the explosion. The ship had been missed by a first G7a torpedo at 06.16 hours. The crew abandoned ship in three lifeboats but one of them was wrecked by the propeller. The U-boat surfaced after about 20 minutes and fired about 8 rounds from the deck gun and 100 rounds from the 37mm AA gun into the waterline. She caught fire and sank at 07.59 hours. One crewmen was lost. The survivors were questioned by the Germans and picked up later that morning by the Norwegian steam merchant Dea taken to Progreso, Mexico on 3 July. Aboard were also three passengers, crew members from Bushranger, which had been sunk by U-107 (Hessler) on 1 June 1942.

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