Sjøforklaring 1940 - 1945

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Dato
19. november 1942
Posisjon
Fem miles sør for Eddystone Lighthouse
Årsak
Torpedert [av tysk MTB]
Last
Ballast
Reiserute
Southampton - Swansea
Mannskapsliste
Komplett
Reddet
18
Fanget
0
Omkommet
3 [3]
Savnet
0
  • Referat

    Dato
    21. november 1942
    Sted
    Plymouth
    Administrator
    Visekonsul S. Carlile Davis

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    The master Emanuel Edwardsen appeared ... The "Lab" sailed from Southampton on the 17th day of November instant in ballast and in convoy bound for Swansea. On her departure the ship was well found in every condition perfectly seaworthy and properly manned. He was unable to produce the logbook of the ship as it was lost in circumstances herinafter appearing, but he produced the crew list ... He declared that all went well on the said intended voyage until the 19th day of November instant when at about 3.15 a.m. the said ship was struck by a torpedo on the port quarter the explosion of which blew away the stern of the ship and killed Johan Johanssen of Fredrikstad, Able Seaman, Joakim Jorgensen of Helgeland Firemand and Leu Kuisik (an Estonian) Donkeyman.

    At the time the said vessel was struck by the said torpedo she was five miles south of the Eddystone Lighthouse on a course West-half-North.

    The weather at the time was fine and it was moonlight. The Appearer declared that just before the said vessel was struck by the said torpedo he heard some firing and he came out of the wireless room on to the bridge and was just passing through the doorway when a terrific explosion occurred and shortly afterwards he felt another explosion as if the said vessel had been struck with a second torpedo somewhere in the bunkers.

    That he immediately summoned all the crew on deck and got out the port lifeboat, into which 18 members of the crew went including the Appearer, the Master. They rowed away from the ship which sank a few minutes later going down stern first. That they then rowed and sailed towards the Eddystone Light and after passing the Lighthouse they were picked up by a mine-sweeper and towed into Plymouth where they arrived about 11.30 a.m. on the same day. That they were duly landed and provided with accomodation at a hotel and Sailor's Home.

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    ... First Witness Carsten Jansen Chief Officer who declared that they sailed from Southampton on Tuesday the 17th of November in the afternoon and proceeded to Corfe Roads whence they sailed at about 10.30 a.m. on the 18th of November for Swansea for orders. That everything proceeded satisfactory until Thursday, November the 19th inst, when the said ship was torpedoed at about 3.10 a.m. The Witness being at the time on the bridge keeping his watch. That the torpedo struck the said vessel in line with the poop on the port side causing the stern of the said vessel to be blown away and kill 3 members of the crew who were in that part of the ship at the time.

    That almost immediately afterwards he felt the shock of another torpedo as if the bunkers had been struck with another torpedo. That they at once took steps to get out the lifeboat on the port side and into it went 18 members of the crew of the ship including the Master. That they sailed towards the Eddystone Lighthouse which was bearing north north west distant about seven or eight miles. That they then sailed towards the lighthouse which they passed at about 9.0 a.m. shortly afterwards they were picked up by a Mine Sweeper and taken into Plymouth whyere they duly arrived at about 11.30 a.m.

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    The second Witness Adolf Skyldebred ... Chief Engineer who declared that he sailed on the 17th day of November instant in the s/S "Lab" and was serving on board that vessel as Chief Engineer.

    That on the 19th day of November instant he was on duty in the engineroom of the said ship when at about 3.10 a.m. a heavy explosion shook the said vessel and the engines stopped at once. That he immediately went upon deck and found that the ship's stern was blown away and she was sinking. That he was unable to save the eningeroom logbook or any of his personal belongings. That ultimately the members of the crew who were saved got away from the said ship in a lifeboat. That they sailed towards the Eddystone Light and were ultimately piced up by a British Mine Sweeper and taken into Plymouth. That the said vessel which was struck by two torpedoes sankafter the had left her.

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    The third Witness Thorleif Ask ... who declared that he sailed on the 17th day of November instant in the s/s "Lab" and he was serving in that vessel as an Ordinary Seaman. That at midnight on Wednesday the 18th of November he went on watch and took the wheel of the said vessel which was then on a course West half North. That they so continued nothing remarkable happening until 3.10 a.m. when he felt the force of a terrific explosion adn shortly afterwaards another explosion as if the said vessel had been struck by two torpedoes. That he looked aft and saw that the stern of the said vessel had been blown away and the vessel was beginning to sink. That he left the wheel of the said vessel and went to the lifeboat and helped to launch it on the starboard side but they could not get it free from the wreckage. That he then went to the port side and got into the port side lifeboat with other members of the crew. That they sailed towards the Eddystone Lighthouse and were ultimately picked up by a British Mine Sweeper which towed the lifeboat to Plymouth where they landed about 11 a.m. on the 19th day of November instant.

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    The fourth witness Peder Andersen ... Carpenter on board the "Lab" declared he sailed from Southampton on Tuesday the 17th day of November last. That on Thursday the 19th day of November he was on the bridge of the said vessel keeping a lookout when soon after 3.00 a.m. he noticed a bright light shining down and then heard a noise as if two torpedoes had struck the said vessel one aft on the port side and the other in the way of the bunkers. The explosions carried away the stern of the ship and she immediately began to settle down. That he at once tried with other members of the crew to get the starboard lifeboat launched but it was too damaged to get away. That they ultimately got the port lifeboat launched and the Master with 17 members of the crew got away in that lifeboat. That soon after they had left the said vessel she sank stern first with bow well up in the air. That they then set the sail of the said lifeboat and proceeded towards the Eddystone Lighthouse. That subsequently they were picked up and brought into Plymouth.

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