Norwegian Motor merchant
|Completed||1937 - Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg|
|Owner||Den Norske Amerikalinje A/S, Oslo|
|Date of attack||22 Jun 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-30 (Fritz-Julius Lemp)|
|Position||50° 33'N, 8° 55'W - Grid BF 1264|
|Complement||33 (4 dead and 29 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Halifax (9 Jun) - Liverpool|
|Cargo||6746 tons of general cargo, including 77 tons of ammunition and 33 aircraft|
|History||Completed in April 1937 |
|Notes on event|
At 01.58 hours on 22 June 1940 the unescorted Randsfjord (Master Halvor Pedersen), dispersed from convoy HX-49, was hit by one G7a torpedo from U-30 about 80 miles south-southwest of Queenstown, Ireland. The torpedo struck on the port side in the foreship and caused the ship to sink capsizing after three minutes. The master and three crew members were lost. Two men were crushed and injured between the starboard lifeboat and the side of the ship when they lost their grip while lowering themselves down to the boat. Some men jumped overboard and were later picked up by the boat. The U-boat surfaced and the Germans questioned the survivors, handed them a bottle of Brandy before leaving the area at full speed after two destroyers were spotted. The survivors set sail for land, but were picked up after 36 hours by the British steam merchant Port Hobart and landed in Glasgow on 25 June, where three men were admitted to hospital.
|On board||We have details of 32 people who were on board.|
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