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
6. oktober 1943
Posisjon
N 24.23 O 58.02
Årsak
Torpedert
Last
Sukker, vannballast
Reiserute
Lourenco Marques - Durban - Abadan
Mannskapsliste
Delvis
Reddet
46
Fanget
0
Omkommet
0
Savnet
0
  • Referat

    Dato
    25. oktober 1943
    Sted
    Bombay
    Administrator
    Generalkonsul T. Knudtzon
    Merknad
    5 passasjerer fra Durban

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    Capt. J. K. Hallen was present. ... Extract of log was produced for the period in question. ...

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    Above read and compared with the Log Book and bound to be in agreement in principle. This also refers to Extract of Engine log. The Captaini referred to the Log Books and had nothing to add. Nobody was injured onboard at the torpeoding nor did the cargo suffer. The Captain had not received any warning of U-boat in the area. Captain, who at the time was in bed, woke as a result of the explosion and immediately came up on deck. Nothing could be seen of the U-boat. The piece of torpedo found and which was handed to the British Naval officers, as mentioned in Log Book, had the inscription ENNSTOFF which apparently was part of a word presumably German. The Officers notified Captain that the piece would be transmitted to London for further examination.

    No instructions for loading had been trespassed against.

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    First Witness, Riverdy Hulliard, A.B. ...

    He was on the look-out when the torpedo struck. He saw the narrow track ofr the torpedo, coming from starboard side, when it was about 200 yards from the ship. He ran to the second mate to report this and found him immediately, but at that moment the torpedo had already struck. He saw nothing of the U-boat. He had been looking out sharply during the whole watch. He saw the explosion of the torpedo and felt a very violent shock in the ship. The ship listed frist to port and then back to starboard. Nobody was injured onboard. The weather was dark, no moon.

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    Appeared Second Witness, Henning Milward Vaagsnes ... served as Second Officer on the BRITANNIA. He was on duty on the bridge when the torpedo struck but did not see it. He noticed and heard the loud explosion. He had not seen any U-boat. No warning had been received about U-boats in the area., When the torpedo struck W. saw a flame on the afterdeck and water sprayed. The fire was immeidately extinguished and had caused no damage. Vessel first listed over to port and then to starboard, remaining that way. This was adjusted by means of shifting the ballast from center tanks to side tanks. The Captain came on deck immediately after the explosion had occurred. 7-8 minutes after the torpedo struck and after the vessel had been righted by means of shifting the ballast, two shots were fired with the 4" gun in the directrion the torpedo was believed to h ave come. From the second shot a spurt of fire was noticed in a distance which W. considered to be about 4-4,500 yards. This shot had apparently struck something but W. could not give any opinion as to what. On the voyage to Bandar Abbas nothing happened.

    It was W. sho found the piece of the torpedo on the deck, referred to above, with the inscription ENNSTOFF. The piece was about 1/2 x 1/2' and 1/4" thick. It was handed to the British Naval officers. No damage to life or cargo. All lifeboats were swung out on the occasion. W. confirmed the damage as described in the Extraqct of Log.

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    Appeared Third Witness, Asbjørn Flakstad ... Third Engineer. Witness was on duty in the engine when the torpedo struck. He noticed the strong vibration. Vessel listed to starboard but shortly afterwards was righted again. He confirms the damage as described in the Extract of Engine log, but does not know whether there possibly could be other damaged which was not dicovered. Witness, who, as stated, was in the engine saw nothing of the torpedo or U-boat. He heard that shortly after the explosion two shots were fired from the ship but did not see any results.

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    First Witness reappeared and stated that he had ssen or heard no result of the shots fired from the ship.

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    Master, on request, informed that he had not seen any results of the shooting on board such as explosion, etc. Furthermore, one of the lifeboats had been torn to pieces during the accident and 1/4 of it had gone overboard. The same concerns one of the rafts, so if one of the shots had struck something it might have been the lifeboat referred to above or the raft.

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    Capt. Andersen for Caltex requested to add to the Declaration that the authorities who were authorized to take the gas test had been on board and found the vessel gas-free.

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