Sjøforklaring 1939 - 1945

Informasjonen nedenfor vedr. skip i Nortraships flåte er direkte avskrift av orginalkilden "Sjøforklaringer fra andre verdenskrig (1940 - 1945)". Informasjonen her er fra sjøforklaringer holdt under og rett etter krigen og kan derfor avvike noe fra den øvrige kvalitetssikrede informasjonen i Krigsseilerregisteret.

28. juni 1943
Muscat Cove
Torpedert eller minesprengt [av japansk ubåt]
Abadan - Karachi
10 [15]
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    19. juli 1943
    Generalkonsul T. Knudtzon
    Antall omkomne usikkert (indisk mannskap og lossearbeidere)


    ... Captein Buhre produced a log extract from the 28th June till the 1st July, lists of survivors of the crew and of those who are missing, also a list of the discharging labourers who were killed, and in addition copy of letter from the Captain to Nortraship, London, of the 13th instant, sent from Bombay, also letter from the Captain to the Political Agent and H.B.M. Consul, dated Muscat the 29/6 1943.

    The Captain also produced a letter to Nortraship, London, to which reference was made at the previous meeting of the Court, containing extract from the log book and the Master's Personal Report. All those present declared that they were acquainted with the contents of that letter.

    The log extract was compared with the log book and found to be in conformity with same. It is included:- ...

    The Captain stated that he had nothing further to add as regards information about the war loss. He stated that, according to telegraphic advice, the injured Damjee Bhoodhia had died.

    On being questioned, he stated that the torpedo struck in the 4th hold on the starboard side with very great force. All 5 lifeboats were put into the water and this was carried out without difficulty. Boat drill had previously been carried out according to regulations.

    The Captain stated that the lifeboats, all 5 of them, wee handed over to the agents, Grey Mackenzie. This was done in accordance with telegrafphic instructions to the agents which arrived at Muscat on the 29th June from Nortraship, London. The same applied to all loose and removable equipment.

    All the seamen lost all their clothes and received full compensation. With one exception, where full compensation was given, the engine room crew, who only lost part of their clothes, received 50% compensation. The offeicers received the same compensation. The Captain did not lose anything.


    ... 1st witness, Chief Engineer Carl Johansen, ... He stated that on 28th June, during the night, at 2.25 o'clock (ship's time), the vessel arrived in Muscat Cove and anchored. At about 9 o'clock in the morning (ship's time), when witness was in his cabin for a moment, he suddenly noticed something like a report and as if a storm was blowing through the port-hole. Everything fell down and the door of his locker was forced open by the blast and his clothes fell down. A jet of water came into his cabin which was situated at the after part of the amidship on the port side. Witness hurried out on deck. When he came out the after part of the ship had already disappeared and under water. The lifeboats were out into the water and witness assisted with this. At the same time he saw that boats were coming from the shore. Witness did not see anything of any one having been killed in consequence of the torpedoing. He rowed ashore in one of the port lifeboats. The forward part of the ship was then still above water. Ofr the after part of the ship only some iron frames sticking up out of the water could be seen. When the casualty occurred and witness had come out on deck, he at first thought that it was a bomb which had struck the ship, but later heard that it was a torpedo. Witness stayed with the British Consul when he came ashore and remained there until he left for Bombay. He stated that the firemen, who had their quarters in the forward part of the ship, lost some of their clothes. One of them, who had his berth in the after part of the ship, lost all his clothes. Witness himself lost a great many of his belongings which must have been pilfered.

    Witness stated that the lifeboats were put into the water without difficulty and that boat drill had previously been carried out regularly. On being questioned, witness stated that he did not notice any explosion in the engine room, especially as regards the boilers, after the torpedoing.


    2nd witness, Hans Edvard Hansen, Chief Officer, ... He stated that the vessel arrived in Muscat Cove at 2.25 o'clock (ship's time). At 8.50 o'clock (ship's time) when he was sitting in his cabin, which was situated at the after part of the amidship, he suddenly noticed a violent shaking. He did not hear any explosion, but everything in his cabin tumbled down. He went out on deck and saw that the after part of the ship had already disappeared. He heard the sound of rushing air above him and thought that the vessel had been bombed. As he thought that the ship might capsize, he jumped over board together with the 2nd Officer. He was swimming about for a couple of minutes and then went on board again. He assisted in getting the lifeboats into the water. Witness remained on board and assisted in getting as much as possible of the ship's equipment and other things down into the boats. At the same time a large boat arrived from the shore into which was taken a good deal of these things. He ramained on board for a couple of hours. Witness was aware that the British Consul did very good work in connection with the saving of those who were swimming about in the sea and with making arrangements for and organising the salving of the ship's belongings. Witness stayed with the British Consul for 2 days. He went to Casab Bay and later to Bombay. Boat drill had been carried out and the lowering of the lifeboats was done without difficulty.


    3rd witness, Trygve Magdahl, 2nd Officer ...Witness stated that on the 28th June, in the morning, he was on watch when the caualty occured. He was standing at the gang-way, approximately amidships, on the starboard side. He heard something like an explosion without any heavy report. He did not see any line, or anything similar, in the water. He felt a heavy blast. The after part of the ship was at once blown away and witness saw planks etc. being forced up from the deck and blown up into the air. First he thought that it was the magazine which had exploded and then thought that it was a torpedo. 10 minutes later he was under the impression that he heard thesound of an airplane, but did not connect this with any bombing of the ship. Directly after the casualty he jumped over board together with the Chief Officer as the vessel was heeling over and he was afraid she was going to capsize. He was of opinion that he was only swimming for about 1/2 a minute and then went on board and assisted with the saving of those who were swimming about. Later he was assisting with bringing the ship's various belongings and appurtenances into the boats and ashore. Witness assisted with putting the boats into the water and this was carried out without any great difficulty. Boat drill had been carried out on board.


    4th witness, Arne Sigvald Breda Grønneberg, ... Engineer Assistant .. Witness stated that he was in the engine room when the causalty occurred at 8.50 o'clock ship's time. After witness had heard a violent explosion the engine room was filled witn smoke and dust. Witness felt a heavy blast and everything which could tumble down did so. Among other things witness was struck on the face by one or more objects and was bleeding somewhat. He remained in the engine room for a time until the falling down of things had subsided. When he saw water come rushing in from the tunnel he went up on deck. Whilst in the engine room he had noticed that the vessel heeled to starboard. At first he thought that the casualty was due to sabotage or to a mine. When he came on deck he saw that the whole of the after part of the ship had sunk. He assisted with the launching of the lifeboats and this was carried out without difficulty. He had been on board nearly 4 months and had not seen any boat drill, but he had many times seen the boats being swing out. Witness was in one of the first boats which were rowed ashore and he was accompanied to the hospital to be bandaged.


    The statements of the witnesses were, in all essentials, in accordance with the log extract. The Captain confirmed that there had not been any lifeboat drill for over 3 months, namely on the 16th March, but since then the motor boat had been in the water on several occasions and the lifeboats were constantly swung out so that the Captain was of opinion that the precautions taken were completely adequate.

    ... The Captain asked the Administrator to draw the attention of the Norwegian Government to the great and excellent assistance rendered to him and the ship by the British Consul in this matter in order that he (the Consul) might be thanked by the Norwegian Authorities in this connection.