Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Allan C. Green Collection

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage10,948 tons
Completed1918 - Bremer Vulkan, Vegesack 
OwnerFederal Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London 
Date of attack18 Jun 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-552 (Erich Topp)
Position57° 17'N, 11° 14'W - Grid AM 2912
Complement71 (1 dead and 70 survivors).
RouteNewport, Mon. - New York - New Zealand 
Cargo4000 tons of general cargo, including steel plates and mail 
History Ordered as German Vogtland, completed in July 1920 as Sauerland for Hamburg-Amerika Linie (HAPAG), Hamburg. 1921 transferred to Britain as war reparation and renamed Norfolk for Federal Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. 
Notes on event

At 03.28 hours on 18 June 1941 the unescorted Norfolk (Master Frederick Lougheed) was torpedoed by U-552 about 175 miles northwest of Malin Head and sunk by two coups de grĂ¢ce at 04.19 and 04.38 hours. One crew member was lost. The master, 63 crew members and six gunners were picked up by HMS Skate (H 39) (Lt F.P. Baker, DSC, RN) and landed at Londonderry.

On boardWe have details of 3 people who were on board

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