Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,409 tons
Completed1930 - Trondhjems Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim 
OwnerBachke & Co, Trondheim 
Date of attack23 Aug 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-143 (Harald Gelhaus)
Position58° 58'N, 7° 50'W - Grid AM 3523
Complement23 (9 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteNewport - Milford Haven - Reykjavik 
Cargo1500 tons of coal and coke 
Notes on event

At 23.47 hours on 23 Aug 1941 the Inger (Master Jørgen G. Jørgensen) was torpedoed and sunk by U-143 about 30 miles northwest of Butt of Lewis, Scottland. The ship had been ordered to return to Loch Ewe escorted by two armed trawlers for unknown reasons. She was hit by two torpedoes and sank immediately. One of the lifeboats floated free and three survivors rescued 11 more, but no more survivors were seen the following morning. Seven Norwegian crew members and two British gunners were lost. The escort ships had continued without looking for possible survivors. The lifeboat was later located by an aircraft and the survivors were picked up by the Ladylove that evening and taken to Stornoway.

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