Sjøforklaring 1939 - 1945
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S/S "LOTOS". Report in connection with the torpedoing of the s/s "Lotos" in the Atlantic the 15th September 1940
21st August 1940.
At 5.30 o'clock left Boutouche with 518 fathoms of pit props on board bound for U.K. The vessel was in completely seaworthy condition and the deck cargo properly secured.
23rd August 1940.
Arrived at Sydney C.B. for convoy.
2nd September 1940.
At 10.30 o'clock left Sydney in convoy. During the evening the vessel was left behind as she could not keep up with the speed of the convoy. Continued to follow the instructions of the Naval Control across the Atlantic.
15th September 1940.
At 23.38 o'clock a violent explosion occurred at the after part of No. 2 hold. A good deal of the deck cargo was flung over board by the explosion and the vessel commenced to sink with the forward part of the ship. There was southerly wind, force 6-7, and sea 5-6. Both of the boats were at once lowered. The port boat was swamped, but was quickly baled out again. When the 2nd officer, who was wireless operator, was going to send out the S.O.S., it was found that the transmitter had been destroyed by the explosion. All the men got into the boas without difficulty and without injury.
16th September 1940.
At 0005 o'clock the vessel went to the bottom and soon afterwards a submarine came up and asked what vessel it was. The vessel's position was about 15 nautical miles north-west of Rockall. During the night the boats got away from each other. The port boat was picked up by an English destroyer at 15.00 o'clock on the 18/9, and the starboard boat landed at Castlebay at 17.30 o'clock the 20/9-40.
Karl Hjellestad, Master