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D/S Faro)
Updated Aug. 4-2011

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Manager: E. B. Aabye, Oslo
844 gt

Built by Unterweser Schiffbau Ges. A/G, Wesermünde in 1918.

According to the website that I've linked to above, she was delivered in June-1918 as Randi to A/S D/S Vesterhavet (L. D. Lauritzen), Esbjerg, Denmark. Requisitioned by the The German Government in May-1919 under the same name. Owned again from 1920 by A/S D/S Vesterhavet (L. D. Lauritzen), Esbjerg, no name change. From 1926, she was owned by J. Lauritzen, Esbjerg, same name. Sold in 1937 to E. B. Aabys Rederi A/S (E. B. Aaby), Oslo and renamed Faro. (also external link) says she was completed in May-1919 as Ragna for A/S D/S Vesterhavet (J. Lauritzen), Esbjerg. Renamed Randi for the same owner in 1937 (sold to Norway that same year and renamed Faro).

Captain: John Birger Christensen.

 Final Fate - 1940 (Norway still neutral): 

Faro was on a voyage in ballast from Sarpsborg, Norway to Methil when she was torpedoed and sunk on Jan. 27-1940 by U-20 (Klot-Heydenfeldt), 15 n. miles southeast of Copinsay, Orkneys. She drifted ashore near Copinsay (Taracliff Bay) the following day. 8 died out of a complement of 15. A website visitor has told me that "Shipwreck Index of the British Isles states she was taken in tow, but was later abandoned by the crew and drifted ashore (at Taracliff), declared a total constructive loss the next day - 58 54 46N 02 45 52W.

The following men are commemorated at the Memorial for Seamen in Stavern, Norway:
Able Seaman Lorang Andreassen, Seaman Johan Oluf Bransvik, Ordinary Seaman Martin Anton Holmen, Ordinary Seaman Martin Holtan, Seaman John Willy Karlsen, Steward Harry Camillo Lier, Chief Engineer Trygve Lund, and Stoker Erling Frants Margård Eriksen.

Charles Hocking (see My sources) says she was built in 1919, torpedoed on the 27th, wrecked the following day with the loss of 7 lives. A Norwegian source gives the date as Jan. 28 (as does the Stavern Memorial website below). According to a statement in U-20's KTB (received from Jan-Olof, Sweden) she was spotted at 04:24 on the 27th, torpedoed at 20:03 - torpedo detonated 20 m from the ship.

U-20 also sank the neutral Hosanger that day. This U-boat had previously sunk Føina. Follow the links for more details.

Related external links:
Stavern commemorations

Operations Information for U-20


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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two", Jürgen Rohwer, and misc.


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