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SHIPS HIT NORWAY 39 - NORWEGIAN SHIPS CARGO LOST

2)ARAMIS (RAIDER MICHEL)




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Built: 1931


Tonnage: 7,984 / 12,415 tons


Cargo: Ballast


Route: Capetown - Trinidad


Sunk by Raider Michel 16/07/42 in pos. 19º 00"S 06º 00"W


20 Dead


23 POW


Early on the following morning, July 17, Von Schack, speeding towards this 7,984-ton Norwegian tanker in the Esau let fly with two of his 45cm aerial torpedoes, and saw two fountains of water erupt against her side as they struck her. The Aramis briefly listed, then, having righted herself, continued on her way at a reduced speed, as if nothing had happened. Her radio equipment destroyed, she was unable to signal her position. 

Located again the next morning, she was followed until nightfall, at which time another torpedo, and a few salvos from the Michel’s guns, finished her. Twenty-three out of a crew of forty-three, were picked up, plus charts, routing instructions, merchant codes and secret materials, the latter warning of German raiders operating with torpedo-boats.


By Hilfskreuzer (Auxiliary Cruiser / Raider) - Michel (bismarck-class.dk)


 

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