Panamanian Steam merchant
|Completed||1940 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad|
|Owner||Viking Corp (Johan Rasmussen & Co), Panama|
|Date of attack||20 Mar 1943||Nationality: Panamanian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-516 (Gerhard Wiebe)|
|Position||27° 35'S, 14° 22'E - Grid GJ 7395|
|Complement||47 (10 dead and 37 survivors).|
|Route||Basrah - Bandar Abbas (11 Feb) – Capetown (18 Mar) - Bahia - Trinidad – Philadelphia|
|Cargo||5002 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.
|On board||We have details of 14 people who were on board.|
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