Norwegian Motor tanker
|Completed||1939 - Deutsche Werft AG, Betrieb Finkenwärder, Hamburg|
|Owner||The Texas Co (Norway) A/S, Oslo|
|Date of attack||15 Jun 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)|
|Position||50° 37'N, 8° 44'W - Grid BF 1347|
|Complement||35 (19 dead and 16 survivors).|
|Route||Port Arthur - Manchester|
|Cargo||13,000 tons of aviation spirit|
|History||Completed in July 1939 |
|Notes on event|
The Italia (Master Johan Karsten Hallén) was struck by a torpedo between hold #10 and the engine room, setting the afterpart on fire immediately, with the flames spreading forward and across the water at a tremendous speed and killing almost the entire engine crew. Eight men jumped overboard and another managed to get out through the porthole of his cabin. Boats were lowered and lifebelts thrown out from the bridge to those in the water. The officers amidships waited as long as they could in the hope that more people from the afterpart would be able to come forward, but had to abandon ship when the seas started to wash over the main afterdeck. The ship finally sank in 50°41N/08°52’30W in shallow waters with the bow visible over the water. In the afternoon the survivors were picked up by HMS Fowey (L 15) (Cdr H.B. Ellison, RN) and taken to Plymouth.
|On board||We have details of 35 people who were on board.|
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