Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2030

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,819 tons
Completed1927 - A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg 
OwnerGunnar Knudsen, Porsgrunn 
Date of attack12 May 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-603 (Rudolf Baltz)
Position47° 19'N, 24° 41'W - Grid BE 4416
Complement42 (3 dead and 39 survivors).
ConvoyHX-237 (straggler)
RouteCharlottetown - Halifax - Liverpool 
Cargo2500 tons of flour, 1000 tons of ammunition and 4500 tons of various machines 
History Completed in May 1927 
Notes on event

On 12 May 1943 the Brand (Master Reidar Helgesen) was separated from convoy HX-237 in thick fog and was torpedoed on the port side aft by U-603 and sank after 7 minutes. Two crew members and one gunner were lost. The master, 34 crew members and six gunners abandoned ship in three lifeboats and set sails for Ireland, but were picked up the same day by HMCS Morden (K 170) (T/Lt J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR). A Swordfish aircraft had been sighted in the afternoon and it had probably guided the corvette to the boats.

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