Ships hit by U-boats


Canadian Steam merchant

Norfolk under her former name Glenbuckie

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,901 tons
Completed1923 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Wallsend, Sunderland 
OwnerCanada Steamship Lines Ltd, Montreal 
Date of attack18 Sep 1942Nationality:      Canadian
FateSunk by U-175 (Heinrich Bruns)
Position8° 36'N, 59° 20'W - Grid EO 1815
Complement19 (6 dead and 13 survivors).
RouteParamaribo (15 Sep) - Port of Spain, Trinidad 
Cargo3055 tons of bauxite 
History Completed in April 1923 as Glenbuckie for Great Lakes Transportation Co Ltd (James Playfair), Midland, Ontario. 1925 sold to George Hall Coal & Shipping Co Ltd, Montreal. 1927 renamed Norfolk for Canada Steamship Lines Ltd, Montreal. 
Notes on event

At 13.52 hours on 18 September 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Norfolk (Master Thomas Arthur Edge) was hit on the starboard side amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-175, while steaming on a non-evasive course at 6 knots about 130 miles north-northwest of Georgetown, British Guiana. The U-boat had spotted the ship two hours earlier, dived to evade an aircraft and then carried out a submerged attack from a distance of only 600 meters. The explosion broke the back of the ship and caused the Norfolk to sink within two minutes, so fast that the crew had no time to launch the lifeboats. The master and five crew members were lost. 13 crew members rescued themselves on four rafts and were picked up by the Spanish steam merchant Indauchu four hours after the sinking. The next day they were landed at Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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