Ships hit by U-boats


Panamanian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,663 tons
Completed1940 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad 
OwnerViking Corp (Johan Rasmussen & Co), Panama 
Date of attack20 Mar 1943Nationality:      Panamanian
FateSunk by U-516 (Gerhard Wiebe)
Position27° 35'S, 14° 22'E - Grid GJ 7395
Complement47 (10 dead and 37 survivors).
ConvoyCN-13 (dispersed)
RouteBasrah - Bandar Abbas (11 Feb) – Capetown (18 Mar) - Bahia - Trinidad – Philadelphia 
Cargo5002 tons of chrome ore, 637 tons of asbestos, 124 tons of lead and copper concentrates 
History Completed in January 1940 
Notes on event

At 04.58 hours on 20 March 1943 the unescorted Nortun (Master Peder Torstein Inderberg), dispersed from convoy CN-13 on 20 March, was hit aft by one torpedo from U-516 about 70 miles southwest of Luderitz Bay. The explosion broke the back of the ship which sank quickly after most of the crew abandoned ship in the lifeboats. The master, seven crew members and two gunners were lost. The survivors were questioned by the Germans and later landed at Luderitz.

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