Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,221 tons
Completed1941 - Harland & Wolff Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
Date of attack26 Jan 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-358 (Rolf Manke)
Position58° 40'N, 33° 10'W - Grid AK 1660
Complement43 (43 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyHX-223 (straggler)
RouteCuraçao - New York (14 Jan) - River Mersey 
Cargo11.000 tons of oil 
History Completed in December 1941 as British Empire Onyx for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT), managed by British Tanker Co Ltd, London. On 14 Mar 1942 transferred at Barry to Norway and renamed Nortind.

At 11.25 hours on 20 Jun 1942, the Nortind was hit in the stern by one of two torpedoes fired by U-67 (Müller-Stöckheim) off New Orleans in 28°41N/89°34W. One crew member was lost. The tanker had been spotted at 07.20 hours, was after the hit missed by a second spread of two torpedoes at 11.40 hours and managed to escape, reaching New Orleans two days later. She was repaired at Mobile and returned to service in September 1942. 
Notes on event

On 24 Jan 1943 the Nortind (Master Jacob O. Jensen) in convoy HX-223 stayed together with the American steam tanker Pan Maryland behind convoy to rescue survivors from the Kollbjørg, which broke in two during a storm in 58°28N/41°34W. The survivors were picked up by the American tanker, while the Nortind was reported missing after being seen the last time at 01.00 hours on 25 January east of Cape Farewell in 58°30N/38°10W.

At 15.33 hours on 26 Jan 1943 the Nortind (Master Jakob O. Jensen) was hit near the bridge by one of two torpedoes from U-358 and caught fire immediately. About 19.00 hours, the tanker broke in two and sank. The master, 39 crew members and two Dutch passengers were lost.

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On boardWe have details of 57 people who were on board

Attack entries for Nortind

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
20 Jun 1942U-67Kptlt. Günther Müller-StöckheimDamaged8,221  
26 Jan 1943U-358Kptlt. Rolf MankeSunk8,221  

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