Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

We don't have a picture of this vessel at this time.

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,350 tons
Completed1920 - New Engineering & Shipbuilding Works, Shanghai 
OwnerBruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co, Drammen 
Date of attack5 Feb 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-617 (Albrecht Brandi)
Position32° 11'N, 24° 46'E - Grid CO 6774
Complement46 (2 dead and 44 survivors).
RouteAlexandria (3 Feb) - Benghazi 
CargoWar material 
Notes on event

On 5 Feb 1943, U-617 shadowed convoy AW-22, consisting of four steamers and four escorts from grid CO92 to CO67. At 08.02 hours, the U-boat torpedoed and sank the Henrik and Corona.

The Henrik (Master Johan Sørlie) was probably hit by two torpedoes and sank within 3 minutes about 30 miles east of Tobruk. The launched lifeboat swapped as the vessel sank, throwing the occupants into the water. The survivors clung to rafts or debris until they were picked up by British motor launches. Two Chinese crew members died, out of a complement of seven Norwegian officers, 33 Chinese crew members and six gunners.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 40 people who were on board

If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats