Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,414 tons
Completed1925 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerAnders Wilhelmsen, Oslo 
Date of attack27 Aug 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-557 (Ottokar Arnold Paulssen)
Position53° 36'N, 16° 40'W - Grid AM 4774
Complement34 (7 dead and 27 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (23 Aug) - Curaçao 
History Completed in September 1925 as Segundo for A/S Ivarans Rederi (I.A. Christensen), Oslo. 1928 renamed Sud Uruguayo for the same owner and 1930 renamed Segundo. 1940 sold to Skibs A/S Awilco (Anders Wilhelmsen), Oslo. 
Notes on event

Between 01.25 and 01.43 hours on 27 Aug 1941, U-557 fired four single torpedoes at convoy OS-4 west of Ireland and reported three ships sunk and another damaged which was hit after the torpedo had missed the intended target. In fact, only Segundo and Saugor were hit and sunk.

The Segundo (Master Karsten B. Wilhelmsen) was struck on the port side at the #2 hold by a torpedo and sank by the bow within seven minutes. The crew stopped the engines and abandoned ship in the starboard lifeboat and the port motor boat and by jumping overboard. After about 30 minutes, HMS Lulworth (Y 60) (LtCdr C. Gwinner, RN) picked up two men from rafts, then 23 survivors from the boats and after a couple of hours another two men hanging on to some debris. The master, five crew members and the female secretary Gudrun Torgersen (the wife of the first mate) were lost.

The first mate Arnt Olav Torgersen was awarded the Lloyds War Medal for bravery at sea. He jumped into the rough sea from a lifeboat in an attempt to rescue two men, but in spite of his desperate efforts they drifted away. He was not able to return to the boat and clung to a hatch cover until he was rescued by the sloop.

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