Norwegian Motor merchant
|Completed||1926 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen|
|Owner||A/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen|
|Date of attack||11 Oct 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-48 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)|
|Position||57° 10'N, 17° 42'W - Grid AL 0378|
|Complement||30 (6 dead and 24 survivors).|
|Route||Portland, Oregon - San Pedro - Cristobal - Bermuda - Liverpool|
|Cargo||8000 tons of general cargo, including lumber and metals|
|History||Completed in June 1926 |
|Notes on event|
At 21.50 hours on 11 Oct 1940 the Brandanger (Master Elling J. Andresen) in convoy HX-77 was hit on the port side in the engine room by a torpedo from U-48 and sank. Bleichrodt misidentified his victim as the Norwegian steam merchant Emma Bakke (4706 grt). Two crewmen died on watch below and four men drowned when they fell overboard during the launching of their lifeboat. The master and 15 survivors were picked up from a lifeboat and a raft the next morning by HMS Clarkia (K 88) (LtCdr F.J.G. Jones, RNR) and landed at Liverpool on 15 October. Eight survivors in another lifeboat were picked up by the British steam merchant Clan Macdonald (Master A. Mackinley) in 54°09N/13°28W in the afternoon of 16 October and landed in Liverpool three days later.
|On board||We have details of 30 people who were on board.|
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