Daily Event for May 13, 2010

The Norlantic was sunk on May 13, 1942 by U-69 north of Venezuela, twenty-two men got off the ship, most into lifeboats, but four had to get on rafts. Those in the lifeboats were lucky, they were picked up three days later, but one man died of his injuries in the boat. Two of the survivors on one of the rafts drifted until May 24 when they were picked up.

The last two were not so lucky, they were not picked up until June 19, and then over 1,000 miles west of where the sinking took place. A tug pulled the ragged men from the raft just a few miles off the coast of Nicaragua, they had somehow miraculously survived.

U-69 and the commander that sunk Norlantic survived only until Feb. 17 of the following year, U-69 and the whole crew were sunk off Newfoundland.
© 2010 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honor
In memory of those who lost their lives in SS Norlantic
"As long as we embrace them in our memory, their spirit will always be with us"

Brooks, Ishmer
Mooney, Frank H.
1st Engineer
Pease, Calvin B.
Ordinary Seaman
Peterson, Knut J.
3rd Mate
Schaaf, John
3rd Engineer
Smith, Warren N.
Fireman / Watertender
Wroldsen, Alphas B.
Chief Mate

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