Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of Karmsund Folkemuseum

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,991 tons
Completed1938 - Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Glasgow 
OwnerH.M. Wrangell & Co A/S, Haugesund 
Date of attack18 Apr 1945Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-245 (Friedrich Schumann-Hindenberg)
Position51° 27'N, 1° 43'E - Grid AN 7968
Complement42 (4 dead and 38 survivors).
RoutePort Harcourt - Antwerp 
Cargo7539 tons of West African produce, including groundnuts and palmoil 
History Completed in February 1938

At 13.30 hours on 17 April 1942 the Karmt picked up 29 survivors from the Heinrich von Riedemann, which had been sunk by U-66 (Zapp) the same day and landed them at Trinidad the next day. 
Notes on event

At 05.55 hours on 18 April 1945, U-245 attacked convoy TAM-142 about 10 miles east-southeast of North Foreland and claimed the sinking of two steamers. The U-boat also fired a Gnat at a corvette and heard an end-of-run detonation after 16 minutes. The xB-Dienst suggested a success. However, only the Karmt and Filleigh were hit and sunk.

The Karmt (Master Arne Fjeldheim) sank 207° two miles from South Falls Buoy. Four crew members were lost. 37 crew members and the Belgian pilot, who had embarked at The Downs, were rescued.

Karmt also carried valuable minerals, including gold and tin concentrate which was salvaged after the war by Risdon Breazley.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 38 people who were on board

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