Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Arne Tvedt

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,276 tons
Completed1918 - Canadian Vickers Ltd, Montreal, Quebec 
OwnerA/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen 
Date of attack2 Dec 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position54° 00'N, 18° 00'W - Grid AL 6885
Complement30 (30 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-251 (straggler)
RouteHartlepool - Methil Roads (19 Nov) - Oban (29 Nov) - Pepel 
History Requisitioned upon completion in August 1918 by the Shipping Controller, managed by Furness Withy & Co. 1920 returned to the Norwegian owner. 
Notes on event

On 29 Nov 1940 the Samnanger (Master Andreas Hansen) was reported missing after straggling from OB-251 and was wrongly reported lost on 21 December in 08°26N/16°50W.

In the afternoon on 2 Decemeber, U-99 spotted and identified the Samnanger west of Ireland and followed her for a night attack because the periscope was inoperative. At 20.50 hours, one G7e torpedo was fired that hit amidships and caused a list to starboard. After the crew abandoned ship in the lifeboats, the U-boat began shelling the starboard side of the ship with 27 high explosive and 25 incendiary shells from the deck gun, setting her on fire. The ship capsized and sank after several hours. While the Germans had observed the crew to abandon ship, no survivors were ever found.

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