Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Norsk Maritimt Museum

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,355 tons
Completed1921 - C. van der Giessen & Zonen’s Scheepswerven NV, Krimpen aan den IJssel 
OwnerHarald Grieg Martens, Bergen 
Date of attack9 Apr 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-252 (Kai Lerchen)
Position66° 15'N, 23° 52'W - Grid AE 4112
Complement24 (24 dead - no survivors)
RouteBíldudalur, Iceland (8 Apr) - Isafjord 
History Completed in March 1921 
Notes on event

The Fanefjeld (Master Haakon Næss) was reported missing with a crew of 22, one passenger and the Icelandic pilot Sigurdur Oddson after leaving Bíldudalur for Isafjord on 8 April 1942. On 10 April, an unidentifiable body and a life buoy marked Fanef... were found by the Icelandic fishing vessel Eimskipas at Ørnundafjord. A search was carried out in the area but nothing more was found. It was assumed that she was sunk by an aircraft or mine.

U-252 reported the sinking of a steamer of 2000 grt off the northwest tip of Iceland at 10.04 hours on 9 April. This must have been the Fanefjeld.

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On boardWe have details of 24 people who were on board

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