Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Norsk Teknisk Museum

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,752 tons
Completed1922 - Akers Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Oslo 
OwnerFred Olsen & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack25 Jan 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-14 (Herbert Wohlfarth)
Position52° 39'N, 4° 15'E - Grid AN 8462
Complement58 (37 dead and 21 survivors).
RouteAntwerp - Oslo 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in October 1922 
Notes on event

At 02.30 hours on 25 January 1940 the unescorted and neutral Biarritz (Master Johan Andreas Anderssen) was torpedoed by U-14 about 36 miles northwest of Ymuiden. She sank quickly and only one lifeboat with 19 people set off. 26 crewmen and eleven passengers, among them several women, died. 21 survivors and three bodies were picked up by the Norwegian steam merchant Borgholm, which sailed nearby and were taken to Ymuiden. Several passengers were sailors who paid off their ships and were on their way home.

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