Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,467 tons
Completed1918 - Pusey & Jones Co, Wilmington DE 
OwnerThoralf Holta, Porsgrunn 
Date of attack4 Apr 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-98 (Robert Gysae)
Position59° 06'N, 24° 12'W - Grid AL 1621
Complement24 (0 dead and 24 survivors).
ConvoySC-26 (dispersed)
Cargo2600 tons of pulp and 350 tons of steel 
History Launched as British War Nurse, in May 1918 completed as American Piqua for US Shipping Board, Wilmington DE; 1920 renamed Belgian Marconier for Lloyd Royal Belge SA, Antwerp; 1929 renamed Ganda for La Maritime Gantoise SA, Ghent; 1932 renamed Norwegian Helle for Thoralf Holta, Porsgrunn. 
Notes on event

At 00.29 hours on 4 April 1941 the Helle (Master Karl Jørgensen), dispersed from convoy SC-26, was torpedoed and sunk by U-98. The 24 crew members abandoned ship in one lifeboat and were picked up in the morning by the British destroyer HMS Havelock, which had been notified by the radio station at Resolution Island after the distress signals from Helle had been received.

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