Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1927 - Ateliers et Chantiers de la Seine Maritime Worms & Co, Le Trait|
|Owner||Det Bergenske D/S A/S, Bergen|
|Date of attack||23 Aug 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-37 (Victor Oehrn)|
|Position||54° 16'N, 23° 08'W - Grid AL 5722|
|Complement||20 (13 dead and 7 survivors).|
|Route||North Shields (15 Aug) - Methil (16 Aug) - Sydney|
|History||Completed in April 1927 |
|Notes on event|
At 02.22 hours on 23 Aug 1940 the Keret (Master Knut Knutsen Jøsok), dispersed from convoy OA-200 on 20 August, was hit amidships near the engine room by one torpedo from U-37 and sank within eight minutes. The ship had been spotted during the chase for Severn Leigh at 20.00 hours the day before and missed by a first torpedo at 01.10 hours.
The eight men on watch below were killed and five others went down with the ship. The survivors managed to launch a lifeboat, but it capsized. Four survivors sat on the overturned lifeboat and three others on a raft, when the U-boat came alongside and asked for the name of the ship. Later the survivors righted the lifeboat and were picked up the next day by the British steam merchant Trident and taken to Sydney, Nova Scotia.
|On board||We have details of 20 people who were on board.|
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