Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,024 tons
Completed1918 - De Haan & Oerlemans, Heusden 
OwnerWahl & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack4 Dec 1939Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-31 (Johannes Habekost)
Position57° 15'N, 1° 50'E - Grid AN 4598
Complement15 (8 dead and 7 survivors).
RouteOslo - UK 
History Completed in February 1918 
Notes on event

At 15.42 hours on 4 Dec 1939 the unescorted and neutral Primula (Master Eivin Christian Wang) was hit in the stern by one torpedo from U-31 and sank within two minutes after breaking in two about 120 miles east of Stonehaven. The survivors had to jump overboat because both lifeboats were destroyed and the motor boat got stuck. Seven crew members, three of them injured, rescued themselves on a raft and were picked up by the Danish steam merchant Wm.Th. Malling, which landed them at Methil, Scotland.

On boardWe have details of 7 people who were on board

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