Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,482 tons
Completed1919 - Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, Wilmington DE 
OwnerA/S Krogstads Shipping Agencies Ltd, Oslo 
Date of attack12 Feb 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-26 (Heinz Scheringer)
Position50° 50'N, 14° 10'W - Grid BE 3261
Complement25 (0 dead and 25 survivors).
RouteTampa - Halifax - Liverpool 
Cargocotton and grape fruit 
History Built as American Bethnor 1922 renamed Irene for A.H. Bull & Co Inc, New York. 1939 sold to Norway and renamed Nidarholm
Notes on event

At 09.55 hours on 12 Feb 1940 the unescorted Nidarholm was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-26 after she had been stopped at 09.25 hours by two shots across her bow. The ship broke in two, the bow sank and the afterpart remained afloat. The U-boat fired two coups de grĂ¢ce at 10.09 hours, one torpedo detonated prematurely while the other sank the wreck. The survivors were picked up about 10 hours later by the Norwegian steam merchant Berto which was en route from Torrevieja to Bergen via Gibraltar and Kirkwall.

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