Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1883 - C.S. Swan & Hunter Ltd, Wallsend|
|Owner||Olav Østensjø, Haugesund|
|Date of attack||28 Sep 1939||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-32 (Paul Büchel)|
|Position||58° 30'N, 3° 30'E - Grid AN 4367|
|Complement||14 (0 dead and 14 survivors).|
|Route||Namsos, Norway - London|
|History||Completed in October 1883 as Tyneside for G. Reich, Newcastle-on-Tyne. 1886 renamed Welsh Prince for James Knott, Newcastle-on-Tyne. 1889 sold to Italy and renamed Quarnero for Gerolimich & Co, Lussinpiccolo. 1898 sold to Norway and renamed Rebekka for A.W. Selmer, Trondheim. 1913 renamed Jern for A/S Thv. Halvorsen, Bergen and 1937 sold to Olav Østensjø, Haugesund. |
|Notes on event|
On 28 September 1939 the unescorted and neutral Jern (Master G. Gabrielsen) was stopped by U-32 about 70 miles southwest of Skudenes and the crew was given 15 minutes to get into the lifeboats. A boarding party from the U-boat scuttled the ship by three scuttling charges at 15.37 hours about 85 miles west of Jæren´s Rev. Five of the Norwegians had to help the boarding party to bring the explosives to the ship. The survivors were taken towards the shore on the U-boat before being transferred to the Swedish steam merchant Caledonia. The next day they were transferred to the Norwegian torpedoboat Lyn and taken to Kristiansand.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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