Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Maloja under her former name Danwood. Photo from City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 447-2149

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,400 tons
Completed1930 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad 
OwnerTschudi & Eitzen, Oslo 
Date of attack8 Nov 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-128 (Ulrich Heyse)
Position11° 58'N, 27° 08'W - Grid EJ 7443
Complement41 (2 dead and 39 survivors).
ConvoyON-138 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool (11 Oct) - Takoradi 
Cargo1020 tons of coal and 87 aircraft 
History Completed in August 1930 as Danwood for A/S Danwood (D. Smith), Oslo. 1936 renamed Maloja for Tschudi & Eitzen, Oslo. 
Notes on event

At 18.45 hours on 8 Nov 1942 the unescorted Maloja (Master Fritz Blomseth), dispersed from convoy ON-138 on 29 October, was hit by one torpedo from U-128 about 230 miles southwest of Cape Verde Islands. Two crew members were killed and several others injured. After 30 crew members and nine British gunners abandoned ship in lifeboats, the ship was hit by a coup de grĂ¢ce at 19.07 hours and lost her stern, but was still afloat. The U-boat surfaced and fired 80 shells from the deck gun, 50 rounds of 37mm and 65 rounds of 20mm gunfire. The ship caught fire and sank after four hours. The survivors were picked up the next day by the British steam merchant Egyptian Prince and taken to Freetown.

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