Maritime inquiry 1939 - 1945

The information below regarding ships in the Nortraship fleet is a direct transcript of the original source "Sjøforklaringer fra andre verdenskrig (1940 - 1945)". The informasjon is collected from maritime inquiries held during and right after the war. The information may differ from the other quality assured information in Krigsseilerregisteret.

Date
April 10, 1942
Cause
Torpedert [av italiensk ubåt]
Cargo
"2500 tons newsprint, paper rolls and pulp"
Route
Halifax - Buenos Aires
Crew list
Komplett
Survived
24
Captured
0
Deceased
7 [7]
Missing
0
  • Abstract

    Date
    April 21, 1942
    Location
    Fortaleza
    Administrator
    J. Boris, norsk visekonsul

    ...

    The 2nd mate, Wilhelm Schinrud, appeared ...

    The evidence was read over and acknowledged, whereupon the 2nd Mate retired. ...

    ... first witness, the Chief Engineer, Otto Christophersen. Having heard the evidence of the 2nd Mate, which was translated to him by the interpreter, he declared that he agreed with same, but added that nothing was said about what happened in the engine room. He said that when the torpedo struck, all lights went out. Immediately afterwards, he made his way down to the engine room and stopped the engine, which was running at full speed. ...

    The second witness, the boatswain Arne Larsen appeared. Having heard the evidence of the 2nd Mate, which translated to him by the interpreter, he declared that he agreed with same and had nothing particular to add execept that he was among the crew that lowered the motor launch.

    The third witness A. B. Harry Pettersen appeared. Having heard the evidence of the 2nd Mate, which was translated to him by the interpreter he declared that he agreed with same and added that when the torpedo struck, he went to the port lifeboat but seeing that this boat could not possibly be lowered as the aft block was broken he went to the starboard lifeboat and waited for instructions from the bridge. He put on his lifebelt and not seeing anybody around and as machine gun bullets were seen striking the bridge, he tried to lower the lifeboat alone. However, the bow of the lifeboat hit the water first and on account of the way of the ship, the boat filled with water. Seeing this, he went to his cabin to get a knife and a pair of trousers. On returning, still seeing nobody around, he lowered himself into the lifeboat and cut loos and stayed in it the whole time.

    ...