Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,361 tons
Completed1931 - Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel 
OwnerArnt J. Mørland, Arendal 
Date of attack11 Sep 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateDamaged by U-218 (Richard Becker)
Position51° 16'N, 29° 08'W - Grid AK 9678
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteGreenock - Curaçao 
History Completed in May 1931. In 1944 the Fjordaas served as fleet oiler for Allied patrols in the Bay of Biscay and had also depth charges on board to supply the escort ships.

1947 renamed Pansio for H. Nielsen. Broken up at Helsinki in July 1961. 
Notes on event

Between 01.35 and 01.40 hours on 11 Sep 1942, U-218 fired five torpedoes at overlapping ships in convoy ON-127 and claimed the sinking of two freighters. However, only the Fjordaas (Master Peder N.A. Saltnes) was struck by one torpedo on the port side amidships under the bridge. Another torpedo had barely missed. The explosion badly damaged the bridge section and opened a hole 30 to 60 feet and the ship was close to breaking in two, but she stayed afloat because she was built with four tanks right next to each other. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and remained close to the vessel, while the master, first mate and the chief engineer inspected the damage. The engines and steering gear were intact, so the crew reboarded the tanker and managed to bring Fjordaas back to the Clyde, arriving on 15 September. She was repaired at Smith’s Dock Co, North Shields and returned to service in December 1942.

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