Ships hit by U-boats


Swedish Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,516 tons
Completed1924 - Larvik Slip & Verksted A/S, Larvik 
OwnerRederi-A/B Höganäs (Carl Northon), Höganäs 
Date of attack28 Jul 1941Nationality:      Swedish
FateSunk by U-203 (Rolf Mützelburg)
Position40° 10'N, 15° 30'W - Grid CG 1784
Complement20 (2 dead and 18 survivors).
RouteEast Hartlepool - Huelva 
Cargo1500 tons of coke and general cargo 
History Completed in November 1924 as Norwegian Snefond for Sigval Bergesen, Stavanger. 1930 renamed Gorm for D/S A/S Gorm (Eiv. Evensen), Oslo. 1934 renamed Harpefjell for Olsen & Ugelstad, Oslo. 1935 sold to Sweden and renamed Norita for Rederi-A/B Höganäs (Carl Northon), Höganäs. 
Notes on event

Between 21.27 and 21.28 hours on 28 July 1941, U-203 fired four G7e torpedoes on merchants and a destroyer in convoy OG-69 northwest of Cape Finisterre and had to dive after the attack. Mützelburg interpreted the heard detonations and sinking noises and reported three ships sunk and a destroyer probably damaged. In fact, only the Norita and Lapland were hit and sunk.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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