Ships hit by U-boats


Vigsnes

Norwegian Steam merchant


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NameVigsnes
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,599 tons
Completed1930 - A/S Bergens Mekaniske Verksteder, Bergen 
OwnerK.R. Jebsen Jr., Bergen 
HomeportBergen 
Date of attack23 Jan 1945Nationality:      Norwegian
 
FateSunk by U-1172 (J├╝rgen Kuhlmann)
Position53° 33'N, 4° 17'W - Grid AM 92
Complement25 (0 dead and 25 survivors).
ConvoyMH-1 (dispersed)
RouteCardiff - Mersey 
Cargo1936 tons of coal 
History Completed in September 1930

On 15 Sep 1940, the Vigsnes picked up six survivors from HMS Dundee (L 84), which had been sunk by U-48 (Bleichrodt) the same day.

 
Notes on event

At 16.45 hours on 23 Jan 1945 the Vigsnes (Master Haakon Tronstad), dispersed from convoy MH-1 on that day, was hit on the starboard side by a torpedo from U-1172 off Anglesey. The torpedo struck at #1 hatch, blew up the forward hatches, wrecked the radio and caused the ship to sink in 15 minutes. 17 survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat and subsequently rescued the remaining survivors from rafts. The lifeboat made landfall about seven hours later at Lynas Point Cove near Anglesey.

 
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On boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board


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