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.

Dato
8. november 1941
Posisjon
54o 19' 50" N., 0o 15' 45" W
Årsak
Bombet [av tyske fly]
Last
Ballast
Reiserute
London - Southend - Tyne
Mannskapsliste
Komplett
Reddet
30
Fanget
0
Omkommet
2 [2]
Savnet
0
  • Referat

    Dato
    12. november 1941
    Sted
    Newcastle on Tyne
    Administrator
    Konsul P. Wisness

    ...

    Appeared Master Mariner Guttorm Jakobsen ...

    The vessel's deck and engine room log books were lost in consequence of the loss of the ship, but the master produced a written report about the casualty ...

    ...

    The master referred to his report.

    The master was on the bridge on the starboard side by the machine gun. Watch was kept at all the machine guns. The vessel was in completely seaworthy condition and all lifesaving equipment in complete order. The lowering of the boats were carried out quickly and smoothly.

    The aeroplane was fired at with the three machine guns, but the attack was made so quickly that we cannot say whether the aeroplane was hit. There is also the possibility of the P.A.X. rockets having hit the aeroplane as they were fired at the right moment.

    The bombs struck the vessel in this order:- the first at the waterline on the port side, the second appeared to have passed through the No. 3 hatch and exploded in the bottom, the third fell in the water on the starboard side.

    When the master got on his feet again, after falling, he opened the doors to the fiddley and the boiler top at the same time as he shut the quick shutting valve. He then ran to the engine room and opened the doors to the engine room. Superheated steam poured out.

    After having rowed up alongside the vessel with the starboard lifeboat, the master, boatswain Haveland and 3rd engineer Johannes Hansen went down into the engine room and got chief engineer Sverre Pedersen hoisted up in a badly burnt condition.

    We did not see anything of the two missing. The master is of the opinion that they must have been in the boiler room when the explosion occurred and must have been killed instantly.

    ...

    Appeared as 1st witness, Peder Alfred Morris Haraldsen ... 2nd officer ont he s/s "Victo". He was on watch on the bridge when the vessel was attacked by an aeroplane at about 11.30 on Saturday evening. The witness had heard the drone of an aeroplane and had taken up his position at the machine gun on the port side. As soon as he saw the aeroplane coming out of the darkness he fired. It was impossible to say whether the shots hit the aeroplane. The witness then heard 3 explosions, one just after the other. The vessel shook so violently that the witness fell down on the bridge deck. When the witness got up again he saw steam and smoke rising up. After having obtained his lifesaving jacket from his cabin the witness ran to his lifeboat and supervised the lowering of it.

    It was moonlight, slightly hazy, some sea.

    The lowering of the vessel's lifeboats was carried out quite satisfactorily. The witness did not see anything of the two missing men.

    When they left the place of the casualty, at about two to three o'clock in the morning, only the after part of the ship was afloat.

    ...

    Appeared as 2nd witness, Øivind Reinholdt Jenssen ... A.B. Seaman on the s/s "Victo" of Oslo. The witness was on watch on the bridge as look-out man Saturday evening the 8th November at 11.30 o'clock; some minutes earlier he had heard the drone of an aeroplane, but was not certain whether it was an enemy or allied aeroplane. The officer on watch was informed. The latter took over the machine gun. A moment afterwards the aeroplane came back and the witness could now see it. It was coming in from the port side with course across the vessel. The witness then heard 3 explosions. He was of opinion that the bombs must have struck the vessel at the after part of the saloon house, but cannot make any definite statement about this. The witness ran to the boat deck and assisted in getting the boats into the water. They now went into the boats, but the witness was among those who later came back to the ship in the starboard boat. He then saw a large fracture in the ship's side and in the deck on the port side. During this first visist on board they could not get down in the engine room owing to steam. They searched round about the vessel, but could not find any of those missing. They then rowed across to the vessel which was standing by in order to inform her that she could continue the voyage as they were in agreement with the master that they could row ashore later after having waited awhile. During this a light was seen from the after deck of the s.s. "Victo". They again returned to the s.s. "Victo" and saved the chief engieneer, the donkeyman and fireman Otto Andresen.

    Subsequently the witness saw the vessel broke in two and the forward part of the ship go down.

    ...

    Appeared as 3rd witness, Marner Hansen ... carpenter on the s.s. "Victo" of Oslo. Saturday evening, the 8th November 1941. at about 11 o'clock, the witness was on watch at the bomb thrower on the poop. While so employed the witness heard an aeroplane which came in from the starboard side. Soon after it came again, this time from the port side. Three bombs were dropped on the vessel. They exploded instantly. Coal and soot were thrown into the aeir and thereafter steam.

    The witness ran to the boat deck and took part in the lowering of the port lifeboat.

    His statement was otherwise in conformity with those of the other witnesses.

    ...