Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Collingwood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Collingwood, Ontario|
|Owner||Rederi A/S Hauk (Bucha Godager & Co), Oslo|
|Date of attack||25 Apr 1941||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)|
|Position||12° 45'N, 28° 21'W - Grid EH 9356|
|Complement||25 (25 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Sunderland (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.
|On board||We have details of 25 people who were on board.|
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