Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,176 tons
Completed1920 - Eltringhams Ltd, Willington Quay-on-Tyne 
OwnerKristian Høgh-Hervig, Haugesund 
Date of attack9 Nov 1939Nationality:      Norwegian
FateCaptured by U-34 (Wilhelm Rollmann)
Position58° 39'N, 3° 12'E - Grid AN 4355
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteNorway - Rouen 
History Completed in November 1920 as Fageraas for A/S D/S Johan Erlands Rederi II, Bergen. 1923 transferred to Skibs-A/S Phønix (Johan Erland), Bergen. 1927 renamed Grong for A/S Djerv (Bachke & Co), Trondheim. 1933 renamed Snar for D/S A/S Snar (Kristian Høgh-Hervig), Haugesund. In September 1940 the Snar survived the convoy battle around HX-72.

Laid up at Haugesund on 21 January 1958. In May 1963 sold to Brødrene Anda, Stavanger and converted to the barge Rans which was used for grain storage until being broken up in 1976. 
Notes on event

At 19.00 hours on 9 November 1939 the unescorted and neutral Snar was stopped by U-34 about 80 miles west of Stavanger, Norway, but high seas prevented an inspection and she was ordered to stand by until the weather improved. The next morning the U-boat stopped two other ships, the Danish steam merchant N.J. Ohlsen and the Norwegian Gimle, which were both allowed to proceed.

Photo taken during the capture of Snar. Courtesy of Erling Skjold.

At 14.00 hours on 10 November, the Snar was searched and taken as prize because she was bound for France. A prize crew, lead by the I. WO Oblt. Prellberg brought her to Friedrichsort, Germany. Apparently she was released shortly afterwards because the ship operated under Allied control for the rest of the war.

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