Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Jern under her former name Rebekka. Photo courtesy of Robert Cox

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage875 tons
Completed1883 - C.S. Swan & Hunter Ltd, Wallsend 
OwnerOlav Østensjø, Haugesund 
Date of attack28 Sep 1939Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-32 (Paul Büchel)
Position58° 30'N, 3° 30'E - Grid AN 4367
Complement14 (0 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteNamsos, Norway - London 
CargoWood pulp 
History Completed in October 1883 as Tyneside for G. Reich, Newcastle-on-Tyne. 1886 renamed Welsh Prince for James Knott, Newcastle-on-Tyne. 1889 sold to Italy and renamed Quarnero for Gerolimich & Co, Lussinpiccolo. 1898 sold to Norway and renamed Rebekka for A.W. Selmer, Trondheim. 1913 renamed Jern for A/S Thv. Halvorsen, Bergen and 1937 sold to Olav Østensjø, Haugesund. 
Notes on event

On 28 September 1939 the unescorted and neutral Jern (Master G. Gabrielsen) was stopped by U-32 about 70 miles southwest of Skudenes and the crew was given 15 minutes to get into the lifeboats. A boarding party from the U-boat scuttled the ship by three scuttling charges at 15.37 hours about 85 miles west of Jæren´s Rev. Five of the Norwegians had to help the boarding party to bring the explosives to the ship. The survivors were taken towards the shore on the U-boat before being transferred to the Swedish steam merchant Caledonia. The next day they were transferred to the Norwegian torpedoboat Lyn and taken to Kristiansand.

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