Ships hit by U-boats


Hamlet

Norwegian Motor tanker



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NameHamlet
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage6,578 tons
Completed1934 - A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg 
OwnerBruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co, Drammen 
HomeportDrammen 
Date of attack27 May 1942Nationality:      Norwegian
 
FateSunk by U-753 (Alfred Manhardt von Mannstein)
Position28° 25'N, 91° 00'W - Grid DA 9423
Complement36 (0 dead and 36 survivors).
Convoy
RouteBeaumont, Texas (26 May) - Liverpool 
Cargo8927 tons of crude oil 
History Launched as Eidsvold for S. Ditlev-Simonsen, Oslo, completed in March 1934 as Abu for Skibs A/S Abu (Magnus Konow & Co), Oslo. 1937 renamed Hamlet for Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co, Drammen. 
Notes on event

At 11.03 hours on 27 May 1942 the unescorted Hamlet (Master Nils A. Ambjørnsen) was hit by one torpedo from U-753. The torpedo struck in the front part of the #10 tank. The engines were stopped and the guns manned, while the lifeboats were made ready for lowering. But the tanker did not sink and they tried to bring her to port. The radio antenna had been destroyed, so they had to rig up an emergency antenna, but before the work could be finished another torpedo hit at 11.28 hours. The ship now started to sink quickly and all crew members abandoned ship in the lifeboats. The men observed U-753 on the surface at this time. At 11.42 hours, a third torpedo struck between #13 and #15 tank, causing her to sink down to the poop deck. The boats stayed alongside the ship until daylight two hours later to make sure no more men were in the water, whereupon course was set for closest land. The poop of the tanker could still be seen in a 45° angle above the water. Three hours later, some fishing vessels took the lifeboats in tow and arrived Morgan City, Louisiana in the late evening.

 
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Location of attack on Hamlet.

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