Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,214 tons
Completed1928 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerChristen Smith, Oslo 
Date of attack30 Jun 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-26 (Heinz Scheringer)
Position48° 15'N, 10° 30'W - Grid BF 4123
Complement25 (0 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteRufisque - Dakar (18 Jun) - Southampton 
History Completed in February 1928 
Notes on event

On 30 June 1940 the Belmoira (Master Morten Mortensen) was hit amidships on the starboard side by a torpedo from U-26, broke in two and sank very quickly about 250 miles southwest of Lands End. The survivors in the lifeboats were questioned by the Germans and then set sail heading northeast. They were soon offered help by the British steam merchant Sheridan, but as that ship was en route to Brazil they continued in the lifeboats. The Sheridan notified the Spanish trawlers Miguel Veiga and Weyler N°2 nearby, which picked them up and on 2 July landed them at La Coruña, Spain.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board

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