Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,455 tons
Completed1921 - William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerA/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen 
Date of attack27 Dec 1940Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-65 (Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen)
Position12° 30'N, 21° 30'W - Grid EJ 9675
Complement29 (0 dead and 29 survivors).
RouteNewcastle - South Africa - Alexandria 
CargoCoal and vehicles 
History Delivered in April 1921 as Hiskø to Henrik Østervold, Bergen and 1921 renamed Hufterø. In June 1923 taken over by Bergens Privatbank and renamed Tananger in 1924. 1929 renamed Labelle County and Risanger in 1934. In December 1939 bought by A/S Westfal-Larsen & Co, Bergen. 
Notes on event

At 11.31 hours on 27 Dec 1940 the unescorted Risanger (Master Sverre Kure Olsen) was hit amidships by a stern torpedo from U-65 off Freetown. The U-boat surfaced and fired 70 rounds from the deck gun to finish off the vessel that sank with still turning screw. All on board abandoned ship in the lifeboats and were picked up after a few days by the Norwegian motor tanker Belinda (Master Lorentz Christensen) and landed in Capetown on 10 Jan 1941.

On boardWe have details of 29 people who were on board

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