Swedish Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - A/B Lindholmens Varv, Gothenburg|
|Owner||Rederi-A/B Fredrika (Erik Höberg), Stockholm|
|Date of attack||11 Feb 1940||Nationality: Swedish|
|Fate||Sunk by U-50 (Max-Hermann Bauer)|
|Position||61° 33'N, 0° 07'W - Grid AF 7837|
|Complement||24 (14 dead and 10 survivors).|
|Route||Buenos Aires (6 Jan) - Malmö and Åhus, Sweden|
|Cargo||Maize, bran and oil cake|
|History||Completed in August 1919 |
|Notes on event|
At 23.54 hours on 11 February 1940 the unescorted Orania was hit by one torpedo from U-50 and sank within three minutes 65 miles north-northeast of Flugga Lightvessel, Shetland Islands. The U-boat had spotted the illuminated vessel at 22.40 hours, but was not able to identify her as neutral. The wife of the master was also aboard. All hands on board abandoned ship in two lifeboats, but one of them with 14 occupants was never seen again. The survivors in the other boat were picked up the next day by HMS Faulknor (H 62) (Capt C.S. Daniel, DSO, RN), transferred to HMS Foxhound (H 69) (LtCdr P.H. Hadow, RN) and landed at Lerwick.
|On board||We have details of 14 people who were on board.|
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