Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,313 tons
Completed1930 - Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne 
OwnerWilh. & Paul Jebsen, Bergen 
Date of attack10 Sep 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-96 (Hans-Jürgen Hellriegel)
Position51° 28'N, 28° 30'W - Grid AK 9929
Complement39 (0 dead and 39 survivors).
RouteGlasgow - Clyde (4 Sep) - New York - Curaçao 
History Completed in November 1930. Since 1940 in Admiralty service as Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA). 
Notes on event

Between 16.31 and 16.33 hours on 10 Septemer 1942, U-96 fired four torpedoes at four ships in convoy ON-127 and hit three ships: Elisabeth van Belgie and Sveve sank and F.J. Wolfe was damaged, but was able to continue with convoy.

The Sveve (Master Harald Hansen) in station #32 was hit by a torpedo on the port side near #5 main tank. The explosion destroyed the bulkheads to the starboard tank, opened holes on the starboard side and destroyed the steering gear. Within 4 minutes, the main tank and the pumproom flooded. 20 minutes later the 37 crew members and two gunners abandoned ship in four lifeboats after examining the damages. They were picked up within an hour by HMCS Sherbrooke (K 152) (Lt J.A.M. Levesque, RCNR), which tried to scuttle the wreck by firing about 15 shells. The Sveve sank by the stern that evening after the valves had been opened by four crew members of the corvette and four crew members from the tanker who had reboarded the vessel. The survivors were landed at St. John’s on 16 September.

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