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Owner: Skibs-A/S Reomonstrant
Built by Trondhjems Mekaniske Verksted, Trondheim in 1931.
Captain: Emil Bruun
As can be seen when going to Page 1 above, Torungen was in Trinidad when war broke out in Norway on Apr. 9-1940, having arrived there from Paramaribo that same day, making several voyages between Paramaribo and Trinidad that year, and also the following year. Her 1941 voyages start on Page 2 and continue on Page 3, which also shows her 1942 voyages (it'll be noticed that she spent 3 weeks in St. John's, N.F. at the beginning of that year).
Torungen had departed Halifax on Febr. 21-1942 and was expected at Charleston on the 27th. On March 2, the Canadian fishing vessel Lucille M found a waterfilled lifeboat from Torungen outside Lockport, Nova Scotia, with the body of 1st Engineer Sivert Krøble.
Torungen had been torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U-96 (Lehmann-Willenbrock) on Febr. 22, 44N 63 30W. All 19 died, among them 3 Danish, 1 Swedish, 1 Finnish, 1 Dutch and 1 Estonian; the remaining 12 were Norwegian. According to Uboat.net (external page), they had all gotten away from the ship in lifeboats, and were seen by those on the U-boat to be rowing towards land. The website also says that Torungen had been missed by a torpedo a little over an hour earlier, adding that she had a cargo of paper and cellulose.
For info, U-96 was also responsible for the attacks on Caledonia, Tyr and Sveve - follow the links for dates and further details (Lucille M was sunk later that year, by U-89 - ref. link at the end of this page).
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Back to Torungen on the "Ships starting with T" page.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Volume II, Norwegian Maritime Museum, and misc. (ref. My sources).