Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1901 - NV Scheepswerf Voorheen Jan Smit Czn, Alblasserdam|
|Owner||Harald Grieg Martens, Bergen|
|Date of attack||19 Oct 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-99 (Otto Kretschmer)|
|Position||57° 28'N, 11° 10'W - Grid AM 2981|
|Complement||21 (0 dead and 21 survivors).|
|Route||Caraquet, New Brunswick - Sydney, CB - London|
|Cargo||719 standards of timber|
|History||Completed in May 1901 as Dutch Maasstad for NV Stoomvaart Mij Maasstad (Driebeek & Sons), Rotterdam. 1909 renamed Ottoland for Stoomvaart Mij Nederlandsche Lloyd, Rotterdam. 1915 sold to Norway and renamed Snefjeld for A/S D/S Storfjeld (Harald Grieg Martens), Bergen. |
|Notes on event|
On 19 October 1940 the Snefjeld (Master Finn Skage) in convoy SC-7 launched three boats to search survivors from the Thalia, which had been sunk by U-99 at 01.55 hours. They found four survivors and at 03.02 hours were just about to raise two lifeboats back on board, when Snefjeld was hit on the starboard side at hatch #2 by a torpedo from the same U-boat, which had missed the ship with two torpedoes at 02.40 and 02.55 hours. Both lifeboats were destroyed, but a motor lifeboat was still on the water and saved those who had been in the boats, while the remaining crew abandoned ship in a dinghy. After one hour, the ship broke in two and sank.
The survivors in the motorboat and the dinghy started to row towards land because the motor was inoperable. The next day, they found an empty raft of the Greek ship and took supplies from it. Shortly thereafter they found an empty lifeboat from Empire Brigade, which had also been sunk by U-99 and some of the men from the dinghy transferred to it. After one hour, a man standing on some debris was spotted and picked up, he came from Fiscus, another victim of Kretschmer. On 21 October, the survivors met a lifeboat with 29 men from Port Gisborne, which had been sunk by U-48 (Bleichrodt) ten days earlier, but lost contact overnight. The following day, all survivors transferred to the lifeboat as the motorboat kept taking in water and then rowed eastwards until they were picked up by HMS Clematis (K 36) (Cdr Y.M. Cleeves, DSO, DSC, RN) on 23 October.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
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