Sjøforklaring 1939 - 1945

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12. mai 1942
Karibien, ca. 95 miles nord for Bonaire
Beskutt og torpedert [av tysk ubåt]
Southampton - Curacao
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  • Referat

    20. mai 1942
    Willemstad, Curacao


    SIGMUND FRETTE, Captain of the above-named motortanker "LISE" who made the following declaration:

    On May 12th about 3 o'clock a.m. the m/t "Lise" was sunk in the Caribean sea through the action of two perhaps three enemy submarines. All ship's papers and logbooks were lost. As far as known there are only eight survivors out of a crew of 33 brought in.

    On the 19th of April 1942 at 10 o'clock a.m. we left Southampton with fresh water ballast bound for Curacao. After leaving called at the usual convoy assembly-ports in U:K: the ship went out in convoy. After dispersal from the convoy the ship proceeded independently, following the Admiralty's instructions in every respect. Nothing unusual happened on the voyage until the 12th of May 1942.

    On the 12 of May 1942 at about 3 o'clock a.m. with dark and clear weather and no moon, wind easterly or e.n.e.-erly, force about 4, our position was about 95 miles North of Bonaire. The course was some degrees westerly of true South and the ship was zib-zagging. Thew watch on the bridge was second officer Walter Larsen, at the wheel able seaman Sverre Silden. On lookout on top of the wheel-house was ordinary seaman Bjørn Wendt. Watch at the 4.7 gun aft ahd motorman Kvellestad.

    The man on the lookout first sighted a submarine on the surface not more than a cable off our ship on the port quarter, heading about the same course as the ship. He immediately reported it to the second officer who also saw the submarine and ordered the wheel hard to starboard, giving at the same time the alarmsignal. The man on the lookout was immediately sent down to call me, but before he had reached down from the bridge ladder, the first shot from the submarine was fired. Now followed an intense gunfire from the submarine, concentrated, as it seemed, on the afterpart of the ship where most of the crew had their quarters. Shells exploded all over: around the gun, in the crew-quarters, on boat-deck. The port-lifeboat was destroyed. The amunition-room was set on fire. Another submarine came up on the portside of the ship, starting firing on the midship and the bridge. Beside gunfire they also used machine-guns, but the gunfire made the worst havock. Survivors, who came from aft told that dead bodies were scattered about, many terribly multilated.

    I came on the bridge as soon as I was called. At that time the shelling was already in progress. I asked for the wireless operator, but nobody knew where he was. I tried but could not get telephone-connection with the gunplatform aft. Seeing the havock on the aft, the ammunition-room in flames, the port lifeboat destroyed and the terrible shelling all over, I decided to order the crew to leave the ship. I stopped the eninges and gave the signal with the steamwhistle for abandoning the ship, waited a while and repeated the same signal hoping that the submraines would cease the murderous firing when they heard that the ship was to be abandoned, but they kept on firing uabated. On midship's boatdeck was now the chief-mate, second mate, the two men on watch and ab. seaman Henriksen, who had come from aft. They tried to put out the motorlifeboat on the port-side, but gave it up on account of heavy firing on that side. I gave order to put out the small dinghy-boat on the starboard side instead. The motorlifeboat was shortly afterwards hit and the benzintanks in her set on fire. At this moment - seeing the swubmarine less than a cable off on the port beam - I cocked the double hotchkis gun on the port bridge wing and fired out the belts on the submarine. The Tracer bullets seemed to go right on the target but it was impossible to see if they hit or did any damage. The submarine stopped firing while the hotchkis-gun was firing but it opened up again close afterwards. Afterwards I threw overboard the box with the confidential documents and came down on the boat-deck. There were no boats left on the ship. The two boats on the port-side were destroyed by the gunfire. The starboard-lifeboat aft was away from its davids. The dinghy-boat was drifting away as its painter had carried away. There were fires on different places of the ship. The submarines contiued firing. There was none of the crew to be seen anywhere except the second mate who was still on the boatdeck where he had been lowering the dinghy-boat. The second mate and I jumped over board and were later picked up in the dinghy-boat, pulled away some distance to come out of the sight of the submarines. The starboard-lifeboat was seen afloat some way off, but how many men were in the boat could not be seen. We waited to see if anything happened. The shooting kept on for some time. Then came a brief period with no shooting. Nothing happened and we started to pull back to the ship. Fires were burning on several parts of the ship, especially a big one aft. The afterpart of the ship seemed to lay low in the water. Suddenly the ship was hit by a torpedo amidships on port side. The ship sunk slowly with stern first. The time the ship sunk must have been about 4.15 o'clock a.m. The submarines were not to be seen. In the dinghy-boat were the following six medn: Captain S. Frette, Chief-Officer H. Lyngås, 2nd officer W. Larsen, ordinary-seaman Bjørn Wendt, A.B. Seaman Jens Henriksen (he was wounded) and ordinary seaman Fredrik Larsen.

    At daybreak about 5 o'clock a.m. I searched the spot where much wreckage was floating around. I found the rafts and on one of the rafts were the following 7 men: 3rd officer Hildemar Nilsen, Steward Jørgen Norhwim, second engineer Sverre Gustavsen, motorman Egon Syvertsen, ab. seaman Sverre Silden, wireless-oprator A. Sivertsen and elctrician Lee Chien Thiam. They had at first been sheltering for the gunfire and afterwards - failing to see any boats - they tried to get out some rafts. They succeeded in getting out the painting-raft just as the torpedo hit the ship. The painting raft capsized, but hanging on it they pushed it away from the ship. After the ship had sunk they found the rafts and came up on one of them. Two of them were wounded, the electrician and the third mate.

    There was nothing to be seen of the starboard-lifeboat. We were hanging around on the spot for some time with the dinghyboat. We took all 7 from the raft on board the boat and tried to reach land, but the boat was too loaded and could not carry all. We had to return to the raft again. The chief-officer, H. Lyngås, vulunteered to stay on the raft, but he agreed with all the others to my proposal to "draw straw" about the men who had to stay on the raft and who had to stay on the boat, with exception of the wounded men, who were decided to stay in tyhe boat. Five men were staying on the raft and eight - included the wounded - would try to rach land as quick as possible to get a search-party sent out. The Chief-mate and I draw straw, second mate and second engineer, wireless-operator and steward, motorman Syvertsen and sb. seaman Silden, ord. seaman Wendt and ord. seaman Larsen.

    Left on the raft were Chiefr-Officer H. Lyngås, second mate W. Larsen, wireless-operator Sivertsen, motorman Syvertsen and ord. seaman F. Larsen.

    The fresh water-kegs and bread tanks were examined and found in order. They had also some clothes and a medicinbox.

    The boat left the raft about 8 a.m. setting sail and steering southward with a course that made the best speed. The whole day we made a good speed, seeing nothing. During the night the wind was rather strong with chopy sea. We had to bear more off. After daylight the nex we sighted land on port-side. We had to continue on the same course as i was impossible to hit up against the wind and sea. We passed the island and sighted land far away forward which seems to be the Venezuelan coast.About 8 o'clock p.m. we sighted a patrol-ship and were picked up by her. The captain of the patrol-boat was at once informed about the men on the raft and their position. He informed the naval authorities. We arrived ac Curacao about 9 p.m. on the 13th of May 1942. All 8 survivors were brought to hospital for treatment. The naval-authorities took charge of the search and have been searching for the rafts with ships as well airplanes but up to now nothing has been found. The wireless-operator - as he later stated to me when we met eachother together with the raft - tried to send out distress-signals during the attack, but tghe apparaturs did not work and had apparantly been destroyed by gunfire.

    The third mate tried to run the gun, after hearing the alarmsignal, but could not reach it on account of heavy gunfire. After making enquiries in Colombia through the British Naval Authorities at Curacao on account of certain rumours, we found out that eight other men were saved, viz. Leif Larsen, Ludwig Furu, Alf Kristiansen, Nils Ovesen, Odd Pettersen, Einar Kristoffersen, Reidar Nilsen, Petter Johansen. They are ashore in Barranquilla. Those men were not those of the raft, which are still missing.


    2) Sverre Hilmar Gustavsen, 2nd engineer ...

    3) Hildemar Nilsen, 3rd officer ...

    4) Sverre M. Silden, ab. seaman ...

    5) Bjørn Wendt, ord. seaman ...

    6) Jørgen Pedersen Norheim ... steward

    7) Jens Henriksen, ab. seaman ...

    All the declarants from sub. 2 to sub. 6 declared, on being specially questioned, each apart, that they had nothing to say, alter or add on the declarations of the declarant No. 1.