Norwegian Motor tanker
|Completed||1928 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen|
|Owner||Haldor Virik, Sandefjord|
|Date of attack||2 May 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)|
|Position||11° 42'N, 61° 10'W - Grid ED 9643|
|Complement||37 (3 dead and 34 survivors).|
|Route||Port of Spain, Trinidad - Gibraltar|
|Cargo||11,500 tons of fuel oil|
|History||Completed in December 1928. Since 1940 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary. |
|Notes on event|
At 22.53 hours on 2 May 1942 the unescorted Sandar (Master Leif Wichberg Lie) was hit amidships by two torpedoes from U-66 but still continued at slow speed although the midships section caught fire. She was hit in the aft part by a coup de grâce at 23.10 hours and sank by the stern after 10 minutes. The survivors abandoned ship in the port lifeboat and the motorboat because the starboard boat had been destroyed. The first mate and the boatswain were lost. The U-boat surfaced and questioned the survivors in the boats and provided them food, first-aid material and the course and distance for land before leaving the area. The survivors were picked up the next day after being spotted by an aircraft by the American merchant Alcoa Pilot about 25 miles north of Port of Spain. The master, who had been terribly burnt was immediately admitted to a hospital in Port of Spain but died shortly thereafter.
|On board||We have details of 37 people who were on board.|
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