Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1939 - Langesund Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Langesund|
|Owner||Rederi A/S Kragerø (K. Sandaas), Kragerø|
|Date of attack||29 Jan 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-51 (Dietrich Knorr)|
|Position||50N, 10W - Grid BF 1430|
|Complement||16 (14 dead and 2 survivors).|
|Route||Torrevieja, Spain - Aalesund|
|History||Completed in January 1939 |
|Notes on loss|
At 15.30 hours on 29 Jan, 1940, the unescorted and neutral Eika (Master Kristian Klausen) was hit by one torpedo from U-51 and sank immediately after breaking in two. Knorr reported that the ship carried no neutrality markings and mistook the freighter with the engine aft as tanker. Only two men survived on a raft, the messboy Harald Støle (age 16) and the stoker Alfred Johansen. They were taken prisoner by the U-boat and landed at Wilhelmshaven on 8 February. En route Harald Støle had his 17th Birthday and on this occasion Knorr gave him a drink and some chocolate. Both survivors were sent home to Norway one week after arriving in Germany.
|Crewlists||We have listing of 18 people who were on this vessel|
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