Re: SS SOLAAS
Posted by: Siri
Date: November 24, 2001 09:26AM
I can't answer your question as to the exact position Solaas sank, but this is interesting! - it's the first time I've seen mention of Solaas springing a leak, but when I checked "Dictionary of Disasters at Sea during the Age of Steam - including sailing ships and ships of war lost in Action 1824-1962" by Charles Hocking (1990 edition), I find that he says the same thing (on a voyage from Sundsvall to Antwerp, sprang a leak on Sept. 28-1939 in the Skagerrak). He could have gotten his info from Lloyds of course.
My Norwegian books say an explosion occurred shortly after she had been let go by the U-boat, but it's of course possible that the source used for these books was Rohwer, who mentions the same thing, based on the KTB of U-36.
What you're saying about Lister corresponds with what my Norwegian books give for the position she was stopped by a U-boat on the 28th (number of U-boat not given) - about 25 miles off Lista light.