Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,948 tons
Completed1931 - Trondhjems Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim 
OwnerBertrand Jacobsen, Arendal 
Date of attack22 Feb 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
Position44° 00'N, 63° 30'W - Grid BB 7746
Complement19 (19 dead - no survivors)
RouteHalifax (21 Feb) - Charleston 
CargoPaper and cellulose 
Notes on event

At 02.44 hours on 22 Feb 1942 the unescorted Torungen (Master Emil Bruun) was hit by one G7e torpedo from U-96 off Nova Scotia after a first G7e torpedo had missed at 01.31 hours. The U-boat then surfaced and the crew had first to thaw the ice off the deck gun before firing 27 rounds from 03.50 to 04.20 hours and observed how the ship sank by the stern ten minutes later. The Germans reported that the crew had abandoned ship in lifeboats and were seen to row towards land, but the master and 18 crew members were never seen again. On 2 March, the Lucille M. found a waterfilled lifeboat from the ship with the body of the first Engineer outside of Lockport, Nova Scotia.

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