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
10. september 1940
Posisjon
12 miles fra Skerryvore
Årsak
Senket av fly [tyske fly]
Last
7072 tonn stål
Reiserute
Philadelphia - Halifax N.S. - Clyde - London
Mannskapsliste
Komplett
Reddet
27
Fanget
0
Omkommet
1 [2]
Savnet
0
  • Referat

    Dato
    18. september 1940
    Sted
    Leith
    Administrator
    Fung. konsul T. Norman F. Salvesen

    QUESTIONS

    1) How did the casualty (disaster) happen?

    2) Is the casualty attributable to any fault or defect on the ship's hull and rigging with appurtenances, engines, boiler and pipe connections etc., its equipment or its manning, or consequent upon any want of necessary or predescribed safety-precautions?

    3) Is the casualty attributable to the nature of the cargo, or to overloading, or to the cargo or ballast having been improperly disposed, or unseaworthily stowed and secured, or to the deck load having been to high and thereby causing a list.

    4) Is the casualty attributable to any fault, neglect or want of precaution of anybody?

    5) What means of fire extinction were to be found on board? Where were they placed and were they in prescribed order? Where was the lamproom situated, and how was it fitted?

    6) Has the master (or witness) anything else of interest to state in connection with the casualty?

    7) What was, according to the opinion of the master (witness), the cause of the casualty?

    8) Have the nautical assessors anything to observe or do they wish any further questions to be put?

    ...

    Appeared Jens Marcussen ... master of the M/S "ELI" ...

    The vessel ... had left Philadelphia the 8th August 1940 for Milford Haven via Halifax N.S. and the Clyde with a full cargo of steel. The vessel was subsequently redirected to London. The vessel was on departure in every respect in seaworthy condition. Draught:- Forward 24' (fresh water), Aft 25'3" (fres water).

    The appearer produced log extract for the voyage which had been written according to memory as the log books had been lost through the sinking of the vessel.

    The appearer referred to what had been entered in the log extract and further stated that there was no opportunity for the gunner to use the Lewis-gun as everything happened so quickly. The name of the British gunner who perished was not known. The surviving British gunner reported to the British Naval Control at Stornoway and was sent from there to London. To the questions enumerated the appearer replied:

    2, 3, 4 and 6:- No.

    7. As stated in the log extract.

    8. No.

    ...

    ... The 1st witness, Arne Slettebøe, Chief Officer who stated that he was off duty when the attack took place at 7.23 o'clock the 10th September. He heard the explosion and went to the boat deck where he received orders to get the lifeboats ready. He saw the aeroplane at a distance. They had only just commenced to lower the lifeboats when it was when it was reported that the aeroplane was coming back. It machine gunned us and dropped incendiary bombs down into the engine after which flames shot up in the air. Otherwise the witness reffered to the log extract. To the questions enumerated the witness replied:-

    2, 3, 4 and 6:- No.

    7. As staded in the log extract.

    8. No.

    ...

    The 2nd witness, Henry Alstad, 3rd Officer, who stated that he was on watch when the attack took place. He saw the aeroplane and everything happened so quickly that there was no time to do anything. It was impossible to see what kind of aeroplane it was as no markings could be seen. The vessel quickly began to sink after the first explosion. Otherwise the witness referred to the log extract. To the questions enumerated the witness replied:-

    2, 3, 4 and 6:- No.

    7. As stated in the log extract.

    8. No.

    ...

    The 3rd witness:- Olav Baan, Deck Boy, who stated that he was look-out man on the bridge when the attack took place. He saw and heard the aeroplane approaching from astern. The vessel was hit by a bomb just afterwards and the crew was ordered to go into the boats. As they were about to lower the boats the aeroplane came again machine gunning and dropping bombs.

    ...

    The 4th witness, Gerhard Aarland, 2nd Engineer, who stated that he was on watch when he heard an explosion about 7.20 o'clock. Directly afterwards he received orders to stop the engine. On the second explosion he went on deck. On the 3rd explosion hesaw the engine room being hit and the flames shooting up in the air. He saw the aeroplane when it came over the last time. Jumped into the water and was subsequently picked up by one of the lifeboats. To the questions enumerated the witness replied:-

    2 and 4:- No.

    5. Foam apparatuses. In good order.

    6. No

    7. Dropping bombs from aeroplane.

    8. No.

    ...