Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Rick Cox Collection

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,041 tons
Completed1938 - Framnes Mek Verksted A/S, Sandefjord 
OwnerA/S Thor Dahl, Sandefjord 
Date of attack6 Mar 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-172 (Carl Emmermann)
Position41° 23'N, 42° 59'W - Grid CD 1675
Complement47 (4 dead and 43 survivors).
RouteLiverpool (27 Feb) - St. John, New Brunswick 
Cargo1500 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in April 1938 
Notes on event

At 23.07 hours on 6 March 1943 the unescorted Thorstrand (Master Anthonius Stave) was hit on the port side at #3 hatch by one torpedo from U-172 about 550 miles west of the Azores. Four crew members were lost. The master, 31 crew members, eight passengers and three gunners abandoned ship in three lifeboats and headed for the Azores. Later one of the boats had to be given up due to leaks and the motorboat went ahead with three injured men on board. On 14 March, the men in the motorboat were picked up by an American warship and landed at Casablanca after 7 days. The remaining lifeboat arrived off Flores on 17 March and was towed into Lajes by a motorboat from the harbour.

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