Norwegian Motor tanker
|Completed||1927 - F. Schichau GmbH, Elbing, Danzig|
|Owner||A/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen|
|Date of attack||15 Jan 1945||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Damaged by U-1172 (Jürgen Kuhlmann)|
|Position||55° 08'N, 5° 25'W - Grid AM 6541|
|Complement||? men (4 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Philadelphia - New York - Londonderry (15 Jan) - Greenock|
|History||Completed in December 1927|
|Notes on event|
At 14.05 hours on 15 Jan 1945 the unescorted Spinanger (Master Jørgen Eikanger) was hit starboard side aft by one torpedo from U-1172 about 1 mile off Clyde Light Vessel. The U-boat did not return from patrol but reported the attack, which was confirmed by the xB-Dienst. The explosion wrecked the engines, killed three men on watch below and badly injured four others. A destroyer on patrol in the area transferred a doctor to the tanker before a RAF rescue launch took the injured to port, where one died as a result of his burns.
After four hours, the damaged tanker was taken in tow by HMS Barfield (Z 42) and arrived the next day in Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute. She was later towed to Rothesay and returned to service after being repaired.
|On board||We have details of 7 people who were on board.|
If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.