Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,204 tons
Completed1920 - Robert Thompson & Sons Ltd, Bridge Dockyard, Sunderland 
OwnerJens Samuelsen, Farsund 
Date of attack2 Mar 1945Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-1302 (Wolfgang Herwartz)
Position52° 04'N, 5° 42'W - Grid AM 9495
Complement37 (0 dead and 37 survivors).
RoutePhiladelphia - Halifax - Swansea - London 
Cargo1124 standards of lumber 
History Built as Ronalee 1922 renamed Maplewood 1929 renamed Novasli

In the night on 17/18 Jan 1941, the Novasli was slightly damaged during an air attack on Swansea. 

Notes on event

At 18.12 hours on 2 March 1945, U-1302 attacked convoy SC-167 in the St. GeorgeĀ“s Channel off Milford Haven and sank the King Edgar and Novasli. The U-boat could not report her attack, because she was lost five days later.

The Novasli (Master Leif Midthassel) in station #31 was abandoned after being torpedoed, only the master and four men stayed on board when she was taken in tow. But the ship could not be saved and had to be scuttled by an escort vessel with gunfire and depth charges. The survivors were picked up by the British A/S trawler HMS Helier II (FY 312).

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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