Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,591 tons
Completed1911 - A/S Bergens Mekaniske Verksteder, Bergen 
OwnerWestfal-Larsen & Co A/S, Bergen 
Date of attack27 Jan 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-20 (Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt)
Position58° 25'N, 1° 53'W - Grid AN 1643
Complement18 (17 dead and 1 survivor).
RouteTananger (26 Jan) - Leith 
History Completed in November 1911 
Notes on event

At 23.13 hours on 27 Jan 1940 the neutral and unescorted Hosanger (Master Adrian Bjaarstad) was hit in the stern by one G7a torpedo from U-20 15 miles southeast of Copinsay Light. The explosion broke the stern off and caused the ship to sink within two minutes. The only survivor, Magnus Sandvik, managed to reach a raft with four others, but his shipmates froze to death while he was picked up after about 15 hours by the armed boarding vessel HMS Northern Reward. A line was thrown down on him, but he was not able to fasten it around himself, so a sailor jumped overboard to assist. He was then transferred to HMS Maori (F 24) and taken to a hospital in Kirkwall.

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