Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

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Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage3,828 tons
Completed1923 - Burmeister & Wain´s Maskin & Skibsbyggeri A/S, Copenhagen 
OwnerDet Bergenske D/S A/S, Bergen 
Date of attack26 Jun 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by UA (Hans Cohausz)
Position36° 53'N, 14° 00'W - Grid CG 7168
Complement30 (0 dead and 30 survivors).
ConvoyOG-34 (dispersed)
RouteCardiff (18 Jun) - Milford Haven - Rio de Janeiro 
Cargo6300 tons of patent fuel 
History Completed in July 1923 
Notes on event

At 02.28 hours on 26 June 1940 the Crux (Master Einar Hansen), detached from convoy OG-34 the day before, was hit by one torpedo from UA about 300 miles west of Cape St. Vincent. The torpedo struck on the starboard side, abaft the engine room near #4 hatch and caused her to sink with a heavy port list after 10 minutes. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and was questioned by the Germans. Twenty minutes after the crew left the ship, a southbound ship passed by very near, but did not see them in the dark. They did not use their flashes to make themselves known, because they thought that the U-boat was still near them. The survivors were picked up by the British steam merchant Brutus the following day.

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