Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1935 - Porsgrund Mek Verksted, Porsgrunn|
|Owner||Hilmar Reksten, Bergen|
|Date of attack||24 Jan 1941||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-123 (Karl-Heinz Moehle)|
|Position||55° 57'N, 21° 55'W - Grid AL 5244|
|Complement||18 (18 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Tyne (9 Jan) - Oban (21 Jan) - Mackenzie, British Guiana|
|History||Completed in September 1935 as Betta for D/S A/S Dagfinn Henriksen & Haakon Kierulf, Oslo. 1940 renamed Vespasian for Hilmar Reksten, Bergen. |
|Notes on event|
At 21.48 hours on 24 Jan 1941, U-123 fired one torpedo at an unescorted steamer and observed the ship to sink by the bow after being hit aft about 290 miles west-southwest of Rockall. The target was most likely the Vespasian (Master Peder Johnsen) which was reported missing after straggling from convoy OB-276 due to bad weather in approximately 55°N/15°W on 23 January.
|On board||We have details of 18 people who were on board.|
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