Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1917 - Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Oslo|
|Date of attack||22 Sep 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-100 (Joachim Schepke)|
|Position||55° 11'N, 17° 58'W - Grid AL 6553|
|Complement||31 (5 dead and 26 survivors).|
|Route||Philadelphia (31 Aug) - Halifax - Methil|
|Cargo||4129 tons of scrap metal and 3970 tons of steel|
|History||Launched as Norwegian Simla for Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Oslo. Requisitioned by Britain and completed in June 1917 as Glastonbury for Norfolk & North American Steam Shipping Co Ltd (Furness, Withy & Co Ltd), Liverpool. In June 1920 returned to the Norwegian owner and renamed Simla. |
|Notes on event|
At 02.14 hours on 22 Sep 1940 the Simla (Master Hans von Krogh) in convoy HX-72 was hit on the starboard side forward of the bridge by one torpedo from U-100 and sank quickly about 600 miles west of Inishtrahull. Although the crew was alerted due to the other attacks on convoy, they had no time to launch the lifeboats and were forced to jump overboard. The master and four crew members were lost. The survivors were picked up after 45 minutes by HMS Heartsease (K 15) (LtCdr E.J.R. North, RNR).
|On board||We have details of 31 people who were on board.|
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