Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,132 tons
Completed1919 - G.M. Standifer Construction Corp, Vancouver WA 
OwnerA/S Krogstads Shipping Agencies Ltd, Oslo 
Date of attack9 Nov 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-67 (Günther Müller-Stöckheim)
Position11° 41'N, 60° 42'W - Grid ED 9694
Complement35 (1 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Trinidad - Baltimore 
Cargo8435 tons of zinc concentrate and 179 bars of silver 

built as American Wawalona 1928 renamed Wisconsin for Wisconsin Steamship Co Inc, New York. 1939 sold to Norway and renamed Nidarland.

When Germany invaded Norway on 9 Apr 1940, the Nidarland was en route from Sweden to Trinidad via Bergen, but continued further north and went to Florø first, then to Eikefjord where she waited until 30 May and then escaped to the Shetlands. 

Notes on event

At 12.43 hours on 9 Nov 1942 the unescorted Nidarland (Master Magne Hegvik) was hit amidships by two of three torpedoes from U-67 off Tobago and sank within eight minutes. The chief engineer was seen to stand at the rail of the sinking ship, but didn\'t jump overboard and went down with her. 20 survivors abandoned ship in the port lifeboat and nine with a raft. Five other survivors in the afterpart of the vessel had to jump overboard and swam to the lifeboat, which took the survivors from the raft on board and then rowed towards the North point of Tobago, reaching shore the next morning.

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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