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Manager: Bruusgaard, Kiøsterud & Co., Drammen
Built in Danzig, Germany in 1925.
Hermod departed Calcutta on Apr. 2-1942 for Colombo with general cargo. In the late afternoon of Apr. 3 she joined up with the British Dardanus and the American Point Clear as instructed by Naval Control in Calcutta, but in the evening of Apr. 4, Hermod left the other ships and continued along the coast alone. At 04:14 GMT on Apr. 6 she was fired upon by what is assmued to have been the same Japanese war ships that had just sunk M/S Dagfred that day (M/T Elsa was also sunk in the area on April 6). Her engines were stopped and shortly afterwards they saw the attacker about 5-6 n. miles off to port, but were not able to identify the vessel. The ship fired again, hitting Hermod in several places.
The 6 Norwegian officers and crew of 30 Chinese had escaped unharmed in 3 lifeboats and rowed away from the ship as quickly as they could. When they were about 150 meters away, about 8 minutes after the intitial attack, Hermod went down, whereupon the attacker disappeared. At that time 2 aircraft circled above the area, but the men in the lifeboats were not fired upon. They set sail for the coast which was about 10 n. miles away and landed at 10:00 GMT that morning near the village Atraveda (Antervedi?) on the coast of Godavari (Madras Presidency), where they were well taken care of by the locals before being sent on to Calcutta by train, with arrival on Apr. 9. The maritime hearings were held there on Apr. 13-1942 with the captain, the 1st engineer and the 1st mate appearing.
In addition to the captain, these Norwegians were on board:
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Other ships by this name: The name Hermod has been used a few times for Norwegian ships of varying sizes through the years. In 1889 a small Hermod (469 gt) was delivered to Johan Chr. Giertsen, Bergen - lost following a collision in Aug.-1898. The same company had another, larger Hermod delivered in Nov.-1900, 1144 gt. This ship ran aground in Apr.-1916, when on a voyage Swansea-Rouen. Norway also had a Hermod in the 1980's, originally delivered as Garbeta to owners in London in 1975, built in Moss, Norway, 15 480 gt. Renamed Hermod in 1987 (Helge R. Myhre A/S, Oslo). Had various Norwegian managers until 1996 when she was sold to India and renamed Maharshi Vyas.
The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Vol. I - (ref. My sources).