Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,544 tons
Completed1930 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerA.F. Klaveness & Co A/S, Oslo 
Date of attack9 May 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position4° 50'N, 1° 10'W - Grid EV 7356
Complement41 (0 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteCalcutta - Trincomalee, Ceylon - Capetown - Takoradi - Liverpool 
Cargo4000 tons of general cargo, 2750 tons of pig iron and 800 tons of tea 
History Completed in February 1930 
Notes on event

At 06.45 hours on 9 May 1943 the unescorted Corneville (Master Leif Kongstein) was struck on the starboard side in #1 hold by a torpedo from U-515 about 30 miles off Takoradi. Ten minutes later a coup de grâce hit on the starboard side amidships in #3 hold and caused the ship to sink at 06.56 hours. The master, 36 crew members and four gunners abandoned ship in five lifeboats before the second torpedo hit, albeit the two starboard boats were still so close that they were filled with water by the explosion. The U-boat surfaced shortly afterwards to question the survivors and the Germans were told that the master was missing.

At daybreak the survivors were distributed in three undamaged boats and the motorboat took the others in tow for the nearby coast. The made landfall after about 11 hours at Anamabu, 60 miles east of Takoradi, assisted by local fishermen in canoes. The men were then transported by trucks to Takoradi.

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