Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Norsk Maritimt Museum

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,118 tons
Completed1921 - Osbourne, Graham & Co Ltd, North Hylton, Sunderland 
OwnerFearnley & Eger, Oslo 
Date of attack6 Apr 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-59 (Harald Jürst)
Position59° 00'N, 4° 00'W - Grid AN 1537
Complement26 (12 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteSwansea - Kirkwall - Oslo 
Cargo3000 tons of coal 
History Completed in January 1921 
Notes on event

At 03.16 hours on 6 April 1940 the Navarra (Master Lorentz Øhre Tangen) was hit on the starboard side abreast of #3 hatch by one torpedo from U-59 and sank within seven minutes. Six men were probably killed in the explosion. The ship was immediately abandoned in two lifeboats, but one capsized in the high seas, resulting in the death of the master, three officers and two passengers. The 14 survivors in the other lifeboat were spotted by a British aircraft, which notified the Finnish steam merchant Atlas. They were picked up about nine hours after the sinking and landed at Kirkwall.

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