Ships hit by U-boats


Norwegian Motor merchant

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage1,582 tons
Completed1937 - A/B Lindholmens Varv, Gothenburg 
OwnerC.T. Gogstad & Co, Oslo 
Date of attack28 Feb 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
FateSunk by U-653 (Gerhard Feiler)
Position34° 45'N, 69° 20'W - Grid CA 9971
Complement25 (15 dead and 10 survivors).
RouteNew York (26 Feb) - Ciudad Trujillo, Dominican Republic 
Cargo2300 tons of general cargo, mainly cement 
History Completed in December 1937

The Leif rescued 25 survivors from the British steam merchant Davisian (6433 grt), which had been sunk by the German raider Widder in 18°N/54°30W on 10 Jul 1940. 
Notes on event

At 08.44 hours on 28 Feb 1942 the unescorted Leif (Master Lars K. Holm Brynildsen) was hit by two torpedoes from U-653 east of Cape Hatteras. The foreship broke away and sank immediately, followed by the rest of the ship 11 minutes later. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats, one containing six survivors and the other 18. First they had rain, hail showers and strong winds, but as soon as the weather permitted four men (including the master) moved to the boat with less men in it. In the afternoon the boats were separated. The master and nine survivors were picked up from the first boat in the morning on 2 March by the Swedish steam tanker Sveadrott about 185 miles west of Bermuda and landed at Key West four days later. The other lifeboat with 14 survivors was never seen again.

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