Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-1980

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,325 tons
Completed1934 - A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg 
OwnerArthur H. Mathiesen, Oslo 
Date of attack20 Sep 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position61° 30'N, 35° 07'W - Grid AD 7583
Complement34 (34 dead - no survivors)
RouteNew York (6 Sep) - Sydney, CB (11 Sep) - Liverpool - Stanlow 
Cargo9000 tons of petrol 
History Completed in January 1934 
Notes on event

At 03.27 hours on 20 Sep 1941 the Barbro (Master Lauritz Knudsen) in convoy SC-44 was hit by two torpedoes from U-552 and her cargo caught fire. At 04.30 hours, U-69 (Zahn) tried to administer a coup de grâce, but the torpedo did not detonate. All on board, the master and 33 crew members died in the flames, helplessly watched by other ships around her.

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