Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Norsk Maritimt Museum

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,085 tons
Completed1910 - A/S Bergens Mekaniske Verksteder, Bergen 
OwnerEgil Næsheim A/S, Haugesund 
Date of attack24 Jan 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-23 (Otto Kretschmer)
Position59° 27'N, 0° 24'W - Grid AN 2658
Complement15 (15 dead - no survivors)
RouteDrammen - Horten (22 Jan) - Sunderland 
History Completed in July 1910 as Gaula for Kulkompagniet af 1871, Bergen. 1929 renamed Varild for Egil Næsheim A/S, Haugesund. 
Notes on event

At 19.08 hours on 24 January 1940, U-23 fired a G7e torpedo at a small steamer and observed a hit amidships on the port side and the sinking of the vessel in 45 seconds about 40 miles east of Fair Isle. At 20.20 hours the day before, the U-boat had spotted the ship, but then two attacks failed because first the torpedo was stuck in the tube and a G7e torpedo fired at 22.13 hours became a circle runner. Its victim was very likely the unescorted and neutral Varild (Master David Humlebrekk) which was reported missing en route from Norway to the UK.

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On boardWe have details of 15 people who were on board

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