Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,570 tons
Completed1935 - Porsgrund Mek Verksted, Porsgrunn 
OwnerHilmar Reksten, Bergen 
Date of attack24 Jan 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-123 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position55° 57'N, 21° 55'W - Grid AL 5244
Complement18 (18 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOB-276 (straggler)
RouteTyne (9 Jan) - Oban (21 Jan) - Mackenzie, British Guiana 
History Completed in September 1935 as Betta for D/S A/S Dagfinn Henriksen & Haakon Kierulf, Oslo. 1940 renamed Vespasian for Hilmar Reksten, Bergen. 
Notes on event

At 21.48 hours on 24 Jan 1941, U-123 fired one torpedo at an unescorted steamer and observed the ship to sink by the bow after being hit aft about 290 miles west-southwest of Rockall. The target was most likely the Vespasian (Master Peder Johnsen) which was reported missing after straggling from convoy OB-276 due to bad weather in approximately 55°N/15°W on 23 January.

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