Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Roger W. Jordan

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,798 tons
Completed1938 - Fredriksstad Mekaniske Verksted A/S, Fredrikstad 
OwnerC.H. Sørensen & Sønner, Arendal 
Date of attack9 Feb 1944Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-188 (Siegfried Lüdden)
Position12° 30'N, 57° 50'E - Grid MQ 5869
Complement37 (0 dead and 37 survivors).
RouteBombay - Cochin (5 Feb) - Aden - UK 
Cargo6068 tons of general cargo and tea 
History Completed in May 1938 
Notes on event

At 19.06 hours on 9 Feb 1944 the unescorted Viva (Master Oscar Andersen) was hit on the starboard side in the deep tank by one torpedo from U-188. The crew stopped the engines and abandoned ship in three lifeboats because the starboard motor boat was destroyed by the explosion. The ship developed a heavy list to starboard, but remained afloat and had to be sunk by a coup de grâce at 19.41 hours. The ship was hit on the port side aft and sank within 7 minutes after a boiler explosion. In the morning of 11 February, the survivors were picked up by the Marwarri (Master Armstrong) in 13°00N/55°20E and landed at Aden three days later.

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