Posted by: phil morgan
To enlarge a little upon what Siri has upon Sollund, I give a summary of what I have picked up from a published diary of that week’s raids on the Liverpool area.
In May 1941 the Norwegian ship Sollund was in the Harrington dock, Liverpool, moored alongside the Greek ship Moscha D. Kydoniefs.
On the night of 6/7 May, during a German air-raid, fires were started in the dock area. With fires ashore menacing the ships, the Sollund was moved across the dock. The Sollund’s Master sent a boat back to the other ship with Thomas Oftedal to offer assistance. Thomas Oftedal carried back a mooring rope and secured it to a shore bollard, the Greek ship was hove off the dockside and dropped anchor in the middle of the dock. It was noticed that the Greek crew had apparently then abandoned ship, which was now in flames. The Sollund’s Master sent Thomas Oftedal and some volunteers back to her. Some of them fought the flames, while others went to the engine room to help raise steam and start the pumps. After some hours the fires were out and the ship secured alongside the Solland.
In 1942 there was a Salvage Claim in the Admiralty Court before Mr. Justice Langton. The outcome was an award of £1500 to the crew of the Sollund, with the recommendation that it should mostly be for the benefit of the crew, rather than the owners.