Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of H. Larsson-Feddes collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,345 tons
Completed1938 - Nylands Verksted, Oslo 
OwnerHilmar Reksten, Bergen 
Date of attack17 Jan 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-123 (Reinhard Hardegen)
Position37° 57'N, 74° 22'W - Grid CA 5756
Complement17 (17 dead - no survivors)
RouteGalveston (9 Jan) - St. John (New Brunswick) 
CargoSulphur and wood resin 
History Completed in July 1938 
Notes on event

At 13.01 hours on 17 Jan 1942, U-123 fired a G7e torpedo at an unescorted, deeply laden freighter of about 4000 GRT (estimated), observed one hit and the sinking of the vessel in about 35 seconds. The ship hit was the Octavian (Master Jens L. Dahl), reported missing when she did not arrive at her destination on 18 January.

It was previously thought that the Octavian had been torpedoed and sunk by U-203 at 11.21 hours on 17 Jan 1942 in grid BB 6655 (approximately 46° 57N, 52° 45'W) but the discovery of the wreck of the Octavian, in 2018, very close to the attack position of U-123, proves this to be incorrect.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 17 people who were on board

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