Norwegian Motor tanker
|Completed||1931 - Deutsche Werke AG, Kiel|
|Owner||Arnt J. Mørland, Arendal|
|Date of attack||11 Sep 1942||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Damaged by U-218 (Richard Becker)|
|Position||51.16N, 29.08W - Grid AK 9678|
|Complement||? men (0 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Greenock - Curaçao|
Completed in May 1931. In 1944 the Fjordaas served as fleet oiler for Allied patrols in the Bay of Biscay and had also depth charges on board to supply the escort ships.
|Notes on event|
Between 01.35 and 01.40 hours on 11 Sep, 1942, U-218 fired five torpedoes at overlapping ships in convoy ON-127 and claimed the sinking of two freighters. However, only the Fjordaas (Master Peder N.A. Saltnes) was struck by one torpedo on the port side amidships under the bridge. Another torpedo had barely missed. The explosion badly damaged the bridge section and opened a hole 30 to 60 feet and the ship was close to breaking in two, but she stayed afloat because she was built with four tanks right next to each other. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and remained close to the vessel, while the master, first mate and the chief engineer inspected the damage. The engines and steering gear were intact, so the crew reboarded the tanker and managed to bring Fjordaas back to the Clyde, arriving on 15 September. She was repaired at Smith’s Dock Co, North Shields and returned to service in December 1942.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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