Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,598 tons
Completed1918 - Laxevaags Maskin & Jernskibsbyggeri, Bergen 
OwnerB. Stolt-Nilsen & Sønner A/S, Haugesund 
Date of attack23 Jan 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-19 (Joachim Schepke)
Position55° 35'N, 1° 27'W - Grid AN 5186
Complement22 (0 dead and 22 survivors).
RouteBergen - Methil (23 Jan) - Middlesbrough 
History Completed in August 1918 as Røvær for D/S A/S John K. Haalands Rederi, Haugesund. 1922 renamed Pluto for D/S A/S Pluto (B. Stolt-Nielsen & Co), Haugesund. In November 1926 transferred to A/S D/S Facto (B. Stolt-Nilsen & Sønner A/S), Haugesund. 
Notes on event

In the morning of 23 Jan 1940, U-19 spotted about 20 single and unescorted steamers east of Longstone Island, apparently ships that had arrived at Methil the day before in convoy HN-8 and were now heading south along the coast. At 08.43 hours, Pluto was hit just aft of amidships by one G7e torpedo and sank by the stern within 6 minutes. Baltanglia (Master George Edward Thomas) steamed behind her and manoeuvered to rescue the crew, thinking the other ship had been mined. But a Finnish steamer already picked up the survivors and later landed them at Seahouses, Northumberland. At 08.55 hours, Baltanglia was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo and sank by the bow after 14 minutes southeast of the Farne Islands. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats, which were towed in by local fishing vessels from Seahouses.

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