Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Norsk Maritimt Museum

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,168 tons
Completed1925 - Laxevaags Maskin & Jernskibsbyggeri, Bergen 
OwnerD/S A/S Songa (Klaus Wiese Hansen), Bergen 
Date of attack17 Oct 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-93 (Claus Korth)
Position60° 46'N, 16° 30'W - Grid AE 8783
Complement17 (10 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteBarry Dock (10 Oct) - Milford Haven (12 Oct) - Mont-Louis, Gaspe, Quebec 
History Completed in October 1925 
Notes on event

At 03.17 hours on 17 October 1940 U-93 fired one G7a torpedo at a ship of 6000 grt in convoy OB-228 and missed the targeted ship, but struck the Dokka (Master Arthur Jacob Pedersen) beyond. The torpedo struck on the starboard side aft in hatch #4, destroying the stern and causing the ship to wink vertically in less than a minute. Nine Norwegians and one Irish died, including the whole engine crew. The master and six crew members jumped overboard and rescued themselves on two rafts.

At 03.52 hours, U-93 surfaced nearby and questioned the survivors. Korth was told the false name Cukna, but he noticed the ruse of war. The U-boat was soon forced to dive by gunfire from HMS Folkestone (L 22) (LtCdr C.F.H. Churchill, RN) and attacked with 13 depth charges, but escaped undamaged. The sloop then picked up the survivors and rejoined convoy, landing the survivors in Sydney on 23 October.

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On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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