Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1939 - A/S Moss Værft & Dokk, Moss|
|Owner||L. Gill-Johannessen, Oslo|
|Date of attack||29 Jul 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)|
|Position||11° 58'N, 55° 02'W - Grid EE 8626|
|Complement||24 (1 dead and 23 survivors).|
|Route||Bahia, Brazil (17 Jul) - Ceara (22 Jul) - Trinidad - New York|
|Cargo||General cargo, including cocoa and 500 tons of manganese ore|
|History||Completed in January 1939 |
On 10 June 1942 the Bill picked up 31 survivors from L.A. Christensen, which had been sunk by U-129 earlier that day. They were landed on Bermuda two days later.
|Notes on event|
At 20.00 hours on 29 July 1942 the unescorted Bill (Master Christian Hartvig Evensen) was hit on the port side amidships in #3 hold by one torpedo from U-155 and sank after eight minutes about 170 miles southeast of Barbados. The Brazilian mess boy was killed. The master was taken prisoner by the U-boat, which then left the area after the survivors in three lifeboats had been given the course for Barbados. He was later taken to a hospital in Rennes where he died of heart trouble on 27 November 1942. The three lifeboats were later separated, but all occupants survived: Seven survivors were picked up by the American steam merchant West Durfee on 1 August, eight others made landfall at Grenada on 3 August and the remaining men landed on St. Vincent.
|On board||We have details of 24 people who were on board.|
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