Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2031

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,624 tons
Completed1926 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerA/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen 
Date of attack11 Oct 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-48 (Heinrich Bleichrodt)
Position57° 10'N, 17° 42'W - Grid AL 0378
Complement30 (6 dead and 24 survivors).
RoutePortland, Oregon - San Pedro - Cristobal - Bermuda - Liverpool 
Cargo8000 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.

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