Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Roger W. Jordan

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,999 tons
Completed1937 - Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg 
OwnerDen Norske Amerikalinje A/S, Oslo 
Date of attack22 Jun 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-30 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)
Position50° 33'N, 8° 55'W - Grid BF 1264
Complement33 (4 dead and 29 survivors).
ConvoyHX-49 (dispersed)
RouteNew York - Halifax (9 Jun) - Liverpool 
Cargo6746 tons of general cargo, including 77 tons of ammunition and 33 aircraft 
History Completed in April 1937 
Notes on event

At 01.58 hours on 22 June 1940 the unescorted Randsfjord (Master Halvor Pedersen), dispersed from convoy HX-49, was hit by one G7a torpedo from U-30 about 80 miles south-southwest of Queenstown, Ireland. The torpedo struck on the port side in the foreship and caused the ship to sink capsizing after three minutes. The master and three crew members were lost. Two men were crushed and injured between the starboard lifeboat and the side of the ship when they lost their grip while lowering themselves down to the boat. Some men jumped overboard and were later picked up by the boat. The U-boat surfaced and the Germans questioned the survivors, handed them a bottle of Brandy before leaving the area at full speed after two destroyers were spotted. The survivors set sail for land, but were picked up after 36 hours by the British steam merchant Port Hobart and landed in Glasgow on 25 June, where three men were admitted to hospital.

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