Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,624 tons
Completed1928 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerHaldor Virik, Sandefjord 
Date of attack2 May 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)
Position11° 42'N, 61° 10'W - Grid ED 9643
Complement37 (3 dead and 34 survivors).
RoutePort of Spain, Trinidad - Gibraltar 
Cargo11,500 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.

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