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 14, 1941
Location
Utenfor Alexandria
Cause
Skadet av dvergubåt, senere senket
Route
Suda Bay - Port Said
Crew list
Komplett
Survived
38
Captured
0
Deceased
0
Missing
0
  • Abstract

    Date
    April 25, 1941
    Location
    Alexandria
    Administrator
    Fungerende konsul Asger Grymer
    Note
    Bare 25 av mannskapet ombord under forliset - de øvrige fraseilt i Suda Bay på grunn av ordre om hurtig avgang

    ...

    Appeared Captain Paul R. Paulsen ...

    The appearer produced the vessel's log book and handed in two extracts from same in so far as concern the occurences which took place.

    The extract was compared with the ship's log book and was found in all essentials to be in agreement with same.

    The captain referred to what had been entered in the log book and further wished to state that before the vessel's departure fro Suda Bay he received a written guarantee from The British Naval Authorities in Suda Bay for the vessel's voyage in damaged condition, caused by torpedoing on the 26th March 1941, from Suda Bay to Port Said. The captain will hand in copies of the correspondence exchanged in this connection.

    The appearer further stated that on the vessel's departure from Suda Bay six men of the crew were missing and in ordrer not to miss the convoy the vessel had to leave without these men. In consequence of this the vessel had to proceed with a crew of only twntyfive men. The captain pointed out that all the men had been made aware of the decision that the whole of the crew must report on board every morning at 07.00 o'clock. The captain was satisfied that the vessel was sufficiently manned for the voyaged.

    On being questioned, the captain stated that it was impossible to get repairs or strengthening of the ship carried out at Suda Bay and that he, himself, was of opinion that the vessel was strong enough to reach the port of destination under normal conditions. He further stated that on the 11th April 1941 he received written orders from the Naval Control Service Officer in Suda Bay to leave soonest possible escorted by H.M.S. "Moonstone" in ordrer to join the convoy for Port Said.

    On being questioned, the captain further stated that he, after having left the convoy, steered according to the best of his ability. About an hour before the course was altered, the escorting vessel, H.M.S. "Grimsby", asked whether the captain wished to go in to Alexandria, which was much nearer. After having left the convoy the vessel's speed varied between five and six and a half knots.

    The captein and crew of 24 men were landed at Alexandria from H.M.S. "Grimsby" in the morning of the 15th April 1941.

    ...

    ... the first witness, chief engineer Eivind Hansen, who stated that he was acquainted with the produced log extract to which he had nothing to add.

    On being questioned, he stated that everything was in complete order as regards the vessel's engines except the pump room. On the vessel's departure from Suda Bay the speed of the engine was increased to full speed in order to test the strength of the vessel. After having joined the convoy the engine was working at about half speed. After having left the convoy the speed was further reduced, for most of the time at dead slow, according to orders from the bridge. On account of the loss of the engine room log book when the vessel was lost it is impossible to give exact information about the revolutions of the engine at the various times.

    ...

    Appeared the second witness:- Chief officer Sverre Knutsen, who stated that he was acquainted with the produced log extracts to which he had nothing to add.

    On being questioned, the witness stated that he was of opinion that the vessel was strong enough to make the voyaged from Suda Bay to Port Said under normal conditions. Further, the witness stated that the vessel was navigated with the greatest care.

    ...

    Appeared the third witness:- Motorman Henrik Selmer, who stated that he was acquainted with the produced log extracts to which he had nothing to add.

    On being questioned, the witness stated that he was of opinion that the vessel was strong enough to carry out the voyage from Suda Bay to Port Said under normal conditions.

    ...

    Apperared the fourth witness:- Boatswain Odvar Olsen, who stated that he was acquainted with the produced log extracts to which he had nothing to add.

    On being questioned, the witness stated that he was of opinion that the vessel was strong enough to carry out the voyage from Suda Bay to Port Said under normal conditions.

    ...