Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1910 - A/S Bergens Mekaniske Verksteder, Bergen|
|Owner||Egil Næsheim A/S, Haugesund|
|Date of attack||24 Jan 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-23 (Otto Kretschmer)|
|Position||59° 27'N, 0° 24'W - Grid AN 2658|
|Complement||15 (15 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Drammen - Horten (22 Jan) - Sunderland|
|History||Completed in July 1910 as Gaula for Kulkompagniet af 1871, Bergen. 1929 renamed Varild for Egil Næsheim A/S, Haugesund. |
|Notes on event|
At 19.08 hours on 24 January 1940, U-23 fired a G7e torpedo at a small steamer and observed a hit amidships on the port side and the sinking of the vessel in 45 seconds about 40 miles east of Fair Isle. At 20.20 hours the day before, the U-boat had spotted the ship, but then two attacks failed because first the torpedo was stuck in the tube and a G7e torpedo fired at 22.13 hours became a circle runner. Its victim was very likely the unescorted and neutral Varild (Master David Humlebrekk) which was reported missing en route from Norway to the UK.
|On board||We have details of 15 people who were on board.|
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