Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage2,687 tons
Completed1933 - Akers Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Oslo 
OwnerFred Olsen & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack7 Aug 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)
Position8° 38'N, 53° 45'W - Grid EO 2276
Complement34 (1 dead and 33 survivors).
RouteAscension - Maranhão, Brazil - Trinidad - New York 
Cargo3044 tons of general cargo 
Notes on event

At 01.33 hours on 7 Aug 1942 the Breñas (Master Oscar Kløcker) was torpedoed and then shelled by U-108 and sank later in 10°20N/56°10W. A Brazilian mess boy was lost. 32 survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat and two rafts and were rescued and put ashore in Trinidad on the 12 August. The master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, landed at Lorient on 10 September and was brought to a POW camp. After nine months he was sent home to Norway with the German steam merchant Lappland in July 1943.

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