Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,674 tons
Completed1915 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore 
OwnerKnut Knutsen O.A.S., Haugesund 
Date of attack10 Dec 1939Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-20 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)
Position57° 45'N, 1° 06'W - Grid AN 4444
Complement18 (18 dead - no survivors)
RouteSarpsborg, Norway (7 Dec) - Grangemouth 
History Completed in September 1915 for Kampmann, Møller & Herskind, Århus. 1921 registered for D/S A/S Føina (Knut Knutsen O.A.S.), Haugesund. 1926-28 used as transport for the whaling station at Praia Amelia, Angola. 
Notes on event

At 06.55 hours on 10 December 1939 U-20 fired one G7e torpedo at a steamer without visible nationality markings, which was hit in the forward hold, broke in two and sank within 3 minutes about 25 miles east-northeast of Rattray Head. This was probably the Føina (Master Ole Johan Daniel Larssen), reported missing in the North Sea after leaving Sarpsborg on 7 December 1939. Two bodies in a half-filled lifeboat from this ship were found on 12 December.

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On boardWe have details of 18 people who were on board

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