American Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Detroit Ship Building Co, Wyandotte MI|
|Owner||Norlasco SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||13 May 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-69 (Ulrich Gräf)|
|Position||12° 13'N, 66° 30'W - Grid ED 7325|
|Complement||29 (7 dead and 22 survivors).|
|Route||Pensacola, Florida - Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela|
|Cargo||3800 tons of general cargo, including cement, steel and iron pipes|
|History||Built as Lake Fandango for US Shipping Board, Washington DC. 1933 sold to Merchants & Miners Transportation Co, Baltimore MD and renamed Lexington. 1941 sold to Norlasco SS Co, New York and renamed Norlantic. |
|Notes on event|
At 03.47 hours on 13 May 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Norlantic (Master Rodger John O´Sullivan) was shelled by U-69 from a distance of 2000 metres after two first torpedoes at 03.38 and 03.39 hours missed the ship about 90 miles east of Bonaire. After the first hits, the crew of seven officers and 22 crewmen began to abandon ship in two lifeboats and two rafts. They had tried to signal the U-boat that they would abandon ship, but apparently this was not noticed. The ship sank three minutes after being hit on the port side at the boiler room by a coup de grâce at 04.08 hours.
|On board||We have details of 8 people who were on board.|
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