Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1911 - A/S Bergens Mekaniske Verksteder, Bergen|
|Owner||Westfal-Larsen & Co A/S, Bergen|
|Date of attack||27 Jan 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-20 (Harro von Klot-Heydenfeldt)|
|Position||58° 25'N, 1° 53'W - Grid AN 1643|
|Complement||18 (17 dead and 1 survivor).|
|Route||Tananger (26 Jan) - Leith|
|History||Completed in November 1911 |
|Notes on event|
At 23.13 hours on 27 Jan 1940 the neutral and unescorted Hosanger (Master Adrian Bjaarstad) was hit in the stern by one G7a torpedo from U-20 15 miles southeast of Copinsay Light. The explosion broke the stern off and caused the ship to sink within two minutes. The only survivor, Magnus Sandvik, managed to reach a raft with four others, but his shipmates froze to death while he was picked up after about 15 hours by the armed boarding vessel HMS Northern Reward. A line was thrown down on him, but he was not able to fasten it around himself, so a sailor jumped overboard to assist. He was then transferred to HMS Maori (F 24) and taken to a hospital in Kirkwall.
|On board||We have details of 18 people who were on board.|
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