Convoy PQ13 - Norwegian whalers.
Posted by: John Griffiths
Date: June 29, 2005 01:49PM
Can anyone help?
I am researching for information on the following four Norwegian vessels requisitioned by the Admiralty and pressed into service - they each sailed to Russia with Convoy PQ13.
The ships are:
HMS Silja, Sumba, Shera and Sulla.
A friend's auntie, who has since died, was engaged to a Norwegian aboard one of these vessels - I believe he was either a Petty or Chief Petty Officer. She met him at Milford Haven, where she was based and they had a brief affair before he was ordered to sail for Russia on one of these small fishing boats / whalers.
I would like, if possible, some help in establishing what type of ships they were, what they looked like (photo if possible) and so on. She said that his ship capsized, rather than was lost in action. Can anyone help?
By the way, my friend's auntie never married. To the day of her death she kept a black and white photograph of a handsome Norwegian, in Royal navy uniform, in her main roomn. For her, he was only ever her first and last love.