Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,260 tons
Completed1936 - Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg 
OwnerErling H. Samuelsen, Oslo 
Date of attack22 Jan 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-553 (Karl Thurmann)
Position41° 16'N, 60° 32'W - Grid CB 3141
Complement41 (36 dead and 5 survivors).
RouteAruba - Bermuda - Halifax - UK 
Cargo11,000 tons of petrol 
History Completed in December 1936 
Notes on event

At 22.43 hours on 22 January 1942 the unescorted Innerøy (Master Einar Winsnes) was hit on the starboard side near #7 tank by a torpedo from U-553, caught fire and sank. The master, 32 crew members and three gunners were lost. Five survivors were picked up from a lifeboat 15 hours after the attack by the Empire Amethyst, which had come across two empty lifeboats from the tanker before locating the survivors and were landed at Halifax.

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