Panamanian Motor tanker
|Completed||1938 - Deutsche Werft AG, Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg|
|Owner||Tanker Corp (Johan Rasmussen & Co), Panama|
|Date of attack||9 Jan 1943||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-522 (Herbert Schneider)|
|Position||28° 08'N, 28° 20'W - Grid DG 8636|
|Complement||45 (2 dead and 43 survivors).|
|Route||Trinidad - Gibraltar|
|Cargo||13.021 tons of Admiralty furnace oil|
|History||Completed in January 1938 |
|Notes on event|
At 06.19 hours on 9 Jan 1943, U-522 fired three torpedoes at convoy TM-1 about 500 miles west of Teneriffe and reported three hits, which were also observed by U-575 (Heydemann) and claimed three tankers sunk. It is probable that two torpedoes hit the Minister Wedel, which started to burn fiercely and the other the Norvik. HMS Havelock (H 88) (Cdr R.C. Boyle DSC, RN) unsuccessfully tried to scuttle both badly damaged ships by gunfire.
In the afternoon, U-522 reported the sinking of three damaged tankers at 15.15 hours, 16.50 hours and 17.30 hours by coups de grâce. But again, the U-boat probably attacked one of the tankers twice, so only Norvik and Minister Wedel were finished off.
|On board||We have details of 10 people who were on board.|
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