Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,116 tons
Completed1926 - Kockums Mekaniska Verksteds A/B, Malmö 
OwnerFearnley & Eger, Oslo 
Date of attack7 Aug 1943Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-757 (Friedrich Deetz)
Position6° 58'N, 19° 15'W - Grid ET 4418
Complement44 (4 dead and 40 survivors).
ConvoyOS-52 (dispersed)
RouteLiverpool - Montevideo - Buenos Aires 
Cargo6924 tons of general cargo, inlcuding 10 tons of ammunition 
History Completed in August 1926 
Notes on event

On 7 Aug 1943 the Fernhill (Master K.J. Neuberth Wie) was hit on the port side in the engine room by one torpedo from U-757 about 300 miles west of Sierra Leone, while she was proceeding alone after her convoy OS-52 had been dispersed off Bathurst. The ship sank within five minutes, killing the three men on watch below and one British gunner. The survivors abandoned ship in lifeboats and rafts and were picked up two days later by the American steam tanker Idaho in 07°13N/19°59W after being located by Catalina aicraft and landed in Freetown on 10 August. The third engineer Nils Bremer Johannesen was taken prisoner by the U-boat, this was not noticed by the other survivors.

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