Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,317 tons
Completed1921 - Kjobenhavns Flydedok & Skibsværft A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerDet Bergenske D/S A/S, Bergen 
Date of attack27 Feb 1945Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-1018 (Walter Burmeister)
Position49° 55'N, 5° 22'W - Grid BF 2511
Complement25 (8 dead and 17 survivors).
RouteGarston (23 Feb) - Mumbles - Plymouth 
Cargo1800 tons of coal 
History Completed in January 1921 
Notes on event

At 10.13 hours on 27 Feb 1945, U-1018 attacked convoy BTC-81 and torpedoed the Corvus (Master Alexander Wallace) in the rear of the starboard column about 7 miles 253° from the Lizzard. The torpedo struck on the starboard side and caused the ship to sink within two minutes with a heavy list. Six of 22 crew members and two of three gunners were lost. Most of the survivors were picked up by the British steam merchant Baronscourt, one survivor by the Swedish steam merchant Wallonia and landed in Falmouth for medical treatment of four injured survivors.

The escorts of convoy immediately launched heavy counterattacks. Less than two hours later HMS Loch Fada (K 390) (Cdr B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR) sank U-1018 with depth charges and picked up two survivors.

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On boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board

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