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
30. mai 1941
Posisjon
Sør-Atlanteren, 6o40' N. and 15o12' W.
Årsak
Torpedert [av tysk ubåt]
Last
Stykkgods, først og fremst bomull og pottaske
Reiserute
Table Bay - Freetown
Mannskapsliste
Komplett
Reddet
18
Fanget
0
Omkommet
13 [13]
Savnet
0
  • Referat

    Dato
    22. juli 1941
    Sted
    Glasgow
    Administrator
    Konsul L. Offerdahl

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    ... the 1st witness (wireless operator Arnfinn Mathias Nilsen) who produced a report signed by him and chief officer Nils Ugland, 2nd officer Finn Thorbjørnsen and donkeyman Kristian Hotvedt, dated Freetown the 7th June 1941.

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    He referred to the report as his evidence and added that the "Rinda" left Cape Town on the 17th May this year bound for Freetown. The vessel had a full cargo consisting of general merchandize, pricipally cotton and potash. The vessel was fully manned, lifeboats and lifesaving equipment were in order. There was a 4 inch gun on board, aft, which was served by the chief officer, and in addition they had 2 machine guns and several rifles. The voyage passed without anything happening until the 30th May, at 21.40 o'clock, when the vessel was struck by two torpedoes. The witness saw the phosphorescence in the wake of the torpedoes (he was just coming out of the wireless room) but he did not see the U-boat. He considers that not more than 3 minutes passed from the time of the torpedoing until the vessel sank. They rowed around searching for the missing for 3-4 hours. The weather was fine and calm with new moon, but overcast, so that it was fairly dark. The witness promised to give the Consulate further information about the age, domicile, etc. of those missing. He added that chief officer Nils Ugland remained at Freetown where he was employed by the vessel's agents there, the Sierra Leone Coaling Co. The chief officer sent with the witness a written statement prepared by him, dated Freetown the 7th June 1941.

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    Of those who were saved, ordinary seaman Arnfinn Rabbestølen, assistant fireman Thorvald Knudsen, assistant fireman Bernt Gustavsen were left behind in hospital at Freetown. Fireman Lauritz Fosse was left behind at Gibraltar and was signed on in another vessel. 2nd engineer Olaf Tallaksen remained at Freetown, probably signed on in a Belgian vessel. Mess-room boy Anders Andreassen also joined another vessel at Freetown.

    With regard to A.B. Saman Edgar Halvorsen, who had been notified to appear today as witness, he was not, the witness stated, in such condition that he could appear.

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    Appeared the 2nd witness (Finn Richard Thorbjørnsen, 2nd officer) who referred to the report as his evidence adding that he was off duty when the torpedoing took place and was lying in his bunk asleep. The "Rinda " was not in convoy during the whole voyage from Cape Town, but was proceeding according to the instructions of the British Admiralty. The witness is of opinion that there is no possibility of those missing having saved themselves by means of a lifeboat or raft as a thorough search was made for several hours.

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    Appeared the 3rd witness (Kjell Skovrand, 3rd officer) who referred to the report, the contents of which was made known to him. He also confirmed the written statement prepared by chief officer Ugland. He added that he was off duty when the torpedoing took place and was lying in his bunk. He ran up when he felt the blow. He took his lifesaving belt and went to the No. 5 boat on the port side. He did not see anything of the captain. The witness considers that the vessel's position, at the time of the torpedoing, was 6o40' N. and 15o12' W. At 16 o'clock the witness and the 2nd officer had taken longitude observation which showed that the vessel was too far to the west in consequence of which the course was altered at 17 o'clock. From 17 o'clock there was steered N. 8 West. Otherwise he made statement in accordance with the 2nd witness as regards the attempts which were made to find any of those missing.

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    Appeared the 4th witness (Kristian Hotvedt, donkeyman) who referred to the report and added that he was lying asleep when the torpedoing took place. He was suddenly thrown out of his bunk and down on to the floor. He at once ran up to the port lifeboat. He saw nothing of either the captein or any of those who were in the engine room. The witness is also of the opinion that there can be no question of any of those missing having been saved.

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