Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2796

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,265 tons
Completed1927 - A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg 
OwnerThorvald Hansen, Oslo 
Date of attack9 Mar 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
Position43° 40'N, 61° 10'W - Grid BB 7965
Complement31 (13 dead and 18 survivors).
RouteHull (4 Feb) - Methil (14 Feb) - Loch Ewe (19 Feb) - Halifax 
History Completed in January 1927 
Notes on event

At 21.09 hours on 9 March 1942 the unescorted Tyr (Master Jens Eidbo) was struck on the starboard side by one G7e torpedo from U-96 about 100 miles from Halifax. The torpedo went through the fireroom and detonated on the port side of the ship, causing her to sink by the stern within 9 minutes. All crew members abandoned ship in three lifeboats and were questioned by the Germans who gave them the course for Sable Island and apologized for having had to sink their ship. The boats set sail for Nova Scotia, but were separated in heavy weather. Nine men in one boat were picked up after 16 hours by a Canadian patrol vessel and landed in Halifax the same day. Nine men in another boat were located by a Canadian aircraft, picked up on 11 March by HMCS Georgian (J 144) (LtCdr A.G. Stanley, RCNR) and landed in Halifax the next day. The lifeboat containing the master, eleven crew members and one gunner was never found.

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