Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,570 tons
Completed1936 - Porsgrund Mek Verksted, Porsgrunn 
OwnerDagfinn Henriksen and Haakon Kierulf, Oslo 
Date of attack5 May 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-266 (Ralf von Jessen)
Position53° 28'N, 44° 20'W - Grid AJ 8359
Complement26 (14 dead and 12 survivors).
Cargo1891 tons of coal 
Notes on event

At 21.50 hours on 5 May 1943, U-266 fired four torpedoes at convoy ONS-5 and reported one ship sunk, one probably sunk and that two detonations had been heard. In fact the three ships Selvistan, Gharinda and Bonde on stations #91, #101 and #84 were hit within three minutes and all sank.
The Bonde (Master Finn Abrahamsen) was the smallest ship in convoy and was hit by one torpedo and sank slowly. Eleven survivors were picked up from a lifeboat and a raft by the British frigate HMS Tay one hour later. The master was allowed to go back to his ship and found another survivor.

On boardWe have details of 26 people who were on board

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