Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,215 tons
Completed1919 - Dominion Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Toronto, Ontario 
OwnerK.Th. Einersen, Oslo 
Date of attack11 Sep 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateDamaged by U-433 (Hans Ey)
Position63° 00'N, 37° 00'W - Grid AD 7147
Complement? men (? dead and ? survivors).
ConvoySC-42 (straggler)
History Built as Hessa; 1934 renamed Bestum

Early Nov 1941, the Bestum run aground near Shipwash and was refloated on 22 Nov 1941 and was being towed to Harwick, when she was damaged by a bomb from a German Do 217 aircraft from KG 2. After about a week she was refloated again and towed to Harwich for repairs. 

Notes on event

In an attack on the morning of 11 Sep 1942, U-433 missed two escorts and attacked at 04.08 hours a burning ship. The SOE (Senior Officer Escort) reported a torpedo hit on the Bestum, which had stopped to pick up survivors from the torpedoed Swedish steam merchant Garm. But it is doubtful that the Bestum was hit (It is possible that U-433 had hit the damaged Garm). The Norwegian ship reached Reykjavik three days later with 14 survivors of the Garm on board.


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