Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,289 tons
Completed1921 - Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co Ltd, Kowloon, Hong Kong 
OwnerBruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co, Drammen 
Date of attack21 Dec 1941Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-573 (Heinrich Heinsohn)
Position35° 41'N, 5° 10'W - Grid CG 9913
Complement41 (0 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteGibraltar (21 Dec) - Melilla 
History Completed in June 1921 
Notes on event

At 23.57 hours on 21 Dec 1941 the Hellen (Master Brinck Olsen), escorted by the British armed trawler HMS Maida, was hit on the port side by two of three torpedoes fired by U-573 about 4 miles off Cape Negro. The bow broke away and the ship sank shortly after midnight. All crew members were picked up by the armed trawler and landed in Gibraltar on 22 December.

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