Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Jens Pedersen Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,334 tons
Completed1921 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerAlbert Schjelderup, Bergen 
Date of attack27 Apr 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-147 (Eberhard Wetjen)
Position60° 10'N, 8° 54'W - Grid AM 2264
Complement19 (11 dead and 8 survivors).
RouteBlyth (20 Apr) - Loch Ewe (25 Apr) - Patricksfjord, Iceland 
Cargo1900 tons of coal 
History Completed in March 1921 
Notes on event

At 02.42 hours on 27 April 1941 the unescorted Rimfakse (Master Ivar Johannessen Lønne) was struck on the port side in the after part of #2 hatch by one torpedo from U-147 about 130 miles northwest of Scotland and sank by the bow with a heavy list to port within two minutes. Eleven crew members were lost. The Germans tried to question the survivors in the water but got no answers. The master and seven survivors managed to get on a raft, but they were not able to help others that were crying for help in the dark. At dawn they reached another raft by paddling, distributed themselves on the rafts and tied them together. Later that day, the survivors were picked up by Hengist and taken to Scrabster.

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