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.
BERETNING FRA S.S. "RASK" REISE FRA CORK TIL NEWPORT
Søndag den 19de Oktober avgik fra Cork kl. 8.00 bestemt for Newport i ballast.
Efterat losen var kvitteret fulgte man langs kysten ca. 1-2 nautiske mil av landet. Kl. 16.00 passertes Hook Head f.tårn 1 mil av, og kl. 17.15 passertes Coningberg fyrskip tett ved. Kl. 18.10 passertes Barrels lysbøie 1 mil av, man hadde nu Tuskar Rock fyrtårn litt på Bagbord baug.
Kl. 18.30 hørte man duren av fly og man så 3 svære fly komme op akkurat i skipets kurslinje. De kom først over skipet i lav høide og man kunne tydelig se at de var tyske. Man forandret nu kurs og styrte rett inn mot landet, flyene kom straks efter tilbake og de gikk da til angrep. Kaptein og flere andre kunne tydelig se, at bomber eller luft-torpedoer blev sluppet fra ett fly som kom tvers inn på skipet Bagbord side, der blev da gitt order til kanonmannskapet å skyte med de 5 maskin-geværene man hadde ombord.
Nøiaktig posisjon var nu Nord Bredde 52o10'15" og Vest lengde 6o17'10" man gikk nu med sakte og halv fart og styrte i zig-zag, flyene var over skipet 4 ganger og hver gang blev der sluppet torpedoer mot skipet, disse misset skipet og flyene brukte meget sine maskingeværer. Fra kl. 19.10 til 19.30 var flyene vekke og man satte kurs forat gå på innsiden av Tuskar Rock fyrtårn. Ett av flyene kom da tilbake og i lav høide kom over skipet, man kjente en voldsom explosjon og skjønte at skipet var truffet.
Det bemerkes at flyene var vann-fly med 2 motorer og man kunne tydelig se tyske merket, flyene så ut som om de fløi innover mot land og så ut igjen og boltret sig som de ville, der var ingen som la nogen hindringer iveien for dem. Det bemerkes at da skipet var innenfor Territorial-grensen blev der ikke gitt ordre til å skyte mot flyene før man kunne se, at de slap torpedoer og angripsvis tilverks.
Ovenståendes riktighet bevidnes av undertegnede.
Cardiff den 12te November 1941
S. Martinessen, Fører
H. Hansen, 1ste styrmann
R. Antonsen, Matros
Report about the sinking of the S.S. "RASK" by German planes while on voyage from Cork to Newport in ballast
On Sunday the 19th October 1941, at 8.00 o'clock, left Cork with pilot on board, the vessel in good seaworthy condition and with a crew of 18 men of which 2 English army gunners. The pilot left at 10.30 o'clock and the voyage was contiued.
We followed the route given and navigated along the coast, 1-2 miles off the shore, this within the territorial limits. At 18.30 o'clock the vessel was near the Tuskar Rock when we heard the drone of planes and suddenly 3 large planes were over the vessel, and w could plainly see that they were German.
On baord everything was made ready for a fight, we had 5 machine guns placed on board and these were manned by the 2 English gunners and 3 of the ship's crew.
When the planes became aggressive and we saw they started to drop aerial torpedoes and bombs, we altered course and steered zig-zag and proceeded nearer land. The planes were over the ship 4-5 times and dropped in all about 8 bombs, but none hit the ship, some fell in the water astern and some ahead of the vessel, and on board we could feel that the vessel shook heavily in consequence of the explosions.
From 19.20 til 19.40 o'clock the planes were away, and we thought that everything was over, when one of the planes came back over the ship at a low altitude, and suddenly we noticed that the vessel had been hit and a violent explosion followed throwing everything about.
Orders were given to go into the lifeboats, on the starboard lifeboat the after tackle had become unhooked in consequence of the explosion and was hanging so to say up an down owing to this 12 men went into the port lifeboat and, as the third plane was several times circling above us after it had been hit and we were afraid of being further fired at, the port lifeboat was ordered to get away from the ship. There were then 5 men left on board and we set to work with getting the starboard lifeboat in order again, and after 20 minutes work we had got the lifeboat into the water. When the vessel began to heel over to port, the 5 men who were on board went into the starboard lifeboat, before going into the lifeboat we went round the ship, but could find no more men on board.
We were lying in the vicinity of the ship for about 30 minutes and had the vessel in sight, but after 20.30 o'clock we could no longer see the ship and she had then probably sunk.
We rowed towards land in both lifeboats, the starboard lifeboat was moored to a light-buoy at about 2.00 o'clock the 20/10. The port lifeboat had come near land and got into some ground swell, that lifeboat must presumably have been struck by some bullets as it was leaking and the men in it had continually to be baling, but it became filled and capsized several times, and in that lifeboat in all 7 men lost their lives, of whom 3 were English, 1 Swedish and 3 Norweginan. Steward Olaf P. Klungvik was not in the port lifeboat, nor was he to be seen on board, and he must have lost his life in some other way.
Those who were left were picked up by the English steamer "Wallace Rose", 2nd officer Henrik Wilhelmsen was sent to the hospital at Wexford. AT& 11.00 o'clock the nexst morning the captain's lifeboat came in to Blackwater, and from there they were sent to Wexford, further to Dublin, and then to Cardiff where they arrived on Saturday the 25th October at 22.00 o'clock.
At Wexford the captain made arrangements for 3 of those who lost their lives to be buried in the cemetary there. These 3 were fireman Otto Lie, mess-room boy Patrick Tierney and the English gunner John Stanley.
Cardiff, the 30th October 1941
S. Martinessen, Master