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
19. august 1941
Posisjon
Atlanterhavet 05.00 N, 12.10 W
Årsak
Torpedert [av italiensk ubåt]
Reiserute
Freetown - Curacao
Mannskapsliste
Komplett
Reddet
39
Fanget
0
Omkommet
0 [0]
Savnet
0
  • Referat

    Dato
    30. oktober 1941
    Sted
    Glasgow
    Administrator
    Consul L. Offerdahl

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    Appeared the vessel's master, Thomas Johan Rasmussen Bjerknes, and produced a written report about the war loss of the vessel ...

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    The captain referred to the report as his evidence and added that the "Sildra" left Freetown on the 18th August 1941 bound for Curacao. The vessel was proceeding in ballast and had a crew of 36 men, two machine gunners (2 British soldiers) and two passengers (British) whom the Admiralty had asked the captain to take with him. The vessel was in completely seaworthy condition and lifeboats and lifesaving equipment in the prescribed order. The vessel was not proceeding in convoy. All the ship's papers, except the Tonnage Certificate, were lost when the vessel went down. All on board were saved. The captain is certain that the vessel went down immediately after the torpedoing although he did not actually witness it as it was quite dark. They were lying still on the same spot the whole night, and at daybreak there was nothing to be seen of the ship.

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    The 1st witness (chief officer Magnus Johan Øvrås) stated that he was acquainted with the captain's report to which he referred as his evidence. He added that he had been on the bridge until 20.15 o'clock. During the watch he had not noticed anything suspicious. There was steered zig-zag courses. Soon after he had come down into his cabin he heard the whistle signal and directly afterwards a report. He at once ran up on the bridge, but before he had got out of the amidships-passage there were the reports of two further torpedoes. It was moderate weather with slight swell and quite dark. About 5 minutes after they had got into the boats the witness saw the U-boat coming up on the starboard quarter and firing a torpedo into the amidships and one into the boiler room. The witness could see that the "Sildra" was settling down lower and lower in the water. When daylight came there was nothing to be seen of the ship.

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    The 2nd witness (chief engineer Bjarne Midtgård) stated that he referred to the captain's report the contents of which he was acquainted with. The witness was on watch in the engine room when the torpedoeing occurred. He was down on the platform, but at once ran up to the manouevring platform and stopped the engine, which had been running normally the whole time. He did not take the engine room log book with him. After the "Sildra" had been struck by the last torpedo, the witness saw the outlines of the vessel become lower and lower, and he can almost say definitely that the vessel sank directly afterwards.

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    The 3rd witness (O.S. Lars Våland) stated that he was look-out man on the upper bridge when the torpedoing occurred. He had come on to same about a quarter of an hour earlier. He suddenly saw the lines in the water from the two torpedoes, both of which passed ahead of the vessel. Immediately afterwards and before he had managed to warn the bridge he heard the whistle and saw three more torpedoes coming, of which one struck the forward part of the ship and the other two the after part.

    The witness, otherwise, made statement in conformity with the previous witnesses.

    The captain's report was read out to the witness, who had nothing to remark about it.

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