Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Polyana under her former name Skjoldheim. Photo courtesy of Fra Rassmussen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,267 tons
Completed1919 - Collingwood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Collingwood, Ontario 
OwnerRederi A/S Hauk (Bucha Godager & Co), Oslo 
Date of attack25 Apr 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position12° 45'N, 28° 21'W - Grid EH 9356
Complement25 (25 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyOG-58 (dispersed)
RouteSunderland (22 Mar) - Oban (7 Apr) - Freetown 
History Completed in August 1919 as Canadian Signaller for Canadian Government (Merchant Marine Ltd), Montreal. 1925 renamed Emperor of Halifax for Richards Marine & Transport Co Ltd, Montreal. In August 1929 sold to Norway and renamed Skjoldheim for Nils Røgenæs, Haugesund. In November 1929 sold to A/S Skjoldheim (E. Gerrard & H.I. Ramsland), Kristiansand. On 15 December 1939 sold to Einar Rasmussen, Kristiansand and renamed Polyana. On 1 March 1940 sold to Rederi A/S Hauk (Bucha Godager & Co), Oslo.

On 25 January 1941 the Polyana was damaged during an air attack in Great Yarmouth. 
Notes on event

At 00.38 hours on 25 April 1941 the unescorted Polyana (Master Karl Jacobsen) was hit near the bridge by one torpedo from U-103, capsized fast and sank within one minute about 250 miles west-southwest of Cape Verde Islands. The ship was last seen when detached from convoy OG-58 in 44°41N/22°43W on 14 April and was reported missing when she did not arrive in Freetown on 30 April. The U-boat had missed the freighter with a first torpedo at 23.57 hours on 24 April. All crew members: 19 Norwegians, two British, one Danish, one Tunisian, one Spanish and one Maltese were lost.

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