Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Trøndelag Folkemus

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,000 tons
Completed1919 - Polson Iron Works Co Ltd, Toronto 
OwnerBjarne Tetlie, Trondheim 
Date of attack5 Sep 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-501 (Hugo Förster)
Position60° 38'N, 31° 18'W - Grid AK
Complement23 (0 dead and 23 survivors).
ConvoySC-41 (straggler)
RouteQuebec - Sydney, CB - St. John’s (25 Aug) - Cardiff 
CargoPit props and lumber 
History Completed in January 1919 as British War Taurus for The Shipping Controller, managed by Tyzack & Branfood, London. 1920 renamed Cormount for Cory Colliers Ltd, London. 1924 sold to Norway and owned by D/S A/S Spin, Christiania, but later that year renamed Femund for Rederi A/S Crisco (Ragnar Moltzau), Christiania. 1928 renamed Rendal for Max Moltzau, Oslo, later that year transferred to A/S Rendal (Ragnar Moltzau), Oslo. 1934 renamed Einvik for Skibs A/S Einvik (Bjarne Tetlie), Trondheim. 
Notes on event

The Einvik (Master Finn Wetteland) was a straggler from convoy SC-41 and was sailing alone since a week, when she was torpedoed by U-501 about 450 miles southwest of Iceland on 5 September 1941 and later sunk by gunfire. Iceland Radio had received her distress signals and an aircraft was sent to the position. The aircraft found nothing and they reported that there were probably no survivors. At that time all 23 crew members were heading for Iceland in two lifeboats, which were separated in a storm four days after the sinking. On 12 September, an Icelandic motor boat found twelve men in a lifeboat just west of Heimaey, Iceland and were brought to Vestmanna. The other lifeboat landed at Herdisvik, Iceland the next day.

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On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

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