Ships hit by U-boats


Estonian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,186 tons
Completed1902 - Hasseldalens Jernskibsbyggeri, Grimstad 
OwnerM.G. Martinson, Pärnu 
Date of attack13 Oct 1940Nationality:      Estonian
FateSunk by U-103 (Viktor Schütze)
Position57° 02'N, 13° 11'W - Grid AM 0127
Complement? men (? dead and 19 survivors).
RoutePugwash, Nova Scotia - Belfast 
Cargo550 standards of timber 
History Completed in January 1902 as Norwegian Nora for D. Ellerhusen & Co, Bergen. Later sold to Estonia. 
Notes on event

At 08.46 hours on 13 Oct 1940 the unescorted Nora was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-103 after being missed by one torpedo each at 04.46 and 07.12 hours. The explosion threw parts of the deck cargo into the air, some hitting the water near the periscope. Schütze decided not to fire at the ship with the deck gun, because he saw that the lifeboats had been destroyed and the crew waved for help, so he send a distress message with position for the steamer and left the area.

On 18 October, the survivors were picked up by HMS Leith (L 36) (Cdr R.C. Allen, RN), which was escorting convoy SC-7.


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