Romanian Steam merchant
|Completed||1905 - AG Neptun Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik, Rostock|
|Owner||Serviciul Maritim Român, Bucharest|
|Date of attack||1 Sep 1944||Nationality: Romanian|
|Fate||A total loss by U-23 (Rudolf Arendt)|
|Position||44° 10'N, 28° 40'E - Grid CL 1457|
|Complement||? men (? dead and ? survivors).|
|History||Built as Hornsund 1920 renamed Leros 1921 renamed Oituz|
The Oituz participated in several Axis convoys to the Bosporus and to the Crimea. She was slightly damaged by a Soviet submarine in December 1941 near the Turkish-Bulgarian border. Between 28 March and 10 Apr 1944, the ship took part in the evacuation of Odessa and made three voyages, evacuating a total of 2100 soldiers. In May 1944, Oituz went to Sevastopol and evacuated 700 soldiers to Constanza on 14 May.
|Notes on event|
At 03.31 hours on 1 Sep 1944, U-23 fired three torpedoes into the harbour of Constanza and reported three detonations after running times of 1 minute 46 seconds. Two hits were observed at the berth of a Romanian Regele Ferdinand type destroyer and one hit on a steamer of 6000 tons. However, only the already damaged Oituz was hit by one torpedo in the stern and sank at her moorings at berth #22, while another torpedo detonated at the wall in the empty berth #23. She was later refloated and declared a total loss.
The U-boat left her attack position at 04.00 hours and laid one EMS mine in the roads near Tuzla lighthouse, but apparently without success.
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