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M/S Sofie Bakke
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Owner: Skibs-A/S Hilda Knudsen
Delivered in March-1938 from A/B Götaverken, Gothenburg, Sweden as Sofie Bakke to Skibs-A/S Hilda Knudsen, Haugesund. "Våre motorskip" gives tonnages as 5450 gt, 3262 net, 8540 tdwt, 453.2' x 58.8' x 26', 6 cyl. 2T DV Götaverken B&W, 6900 bhp, 16 knots (sistership of Elisabeth Bakke).
Captain: Bernhard Barene
Her voyages are listed on this original document received from the National Archives of Norway.
According to the archive document above, Sofie Bakke arrived Curacao on Apr. 9-1940, the day of the German invasion of Norway; as can be seen, she had recently been to Oslo, Norway.
In July that year, she can be found among the ships in the Bermuda portion of Convoy HX 55 (follow the link for cruising order), the convoy form saying she was en route to London with a cargo of nitrates and general, but was to go to Belfast first for degaussing. She had recently been to Chile and Peru, and had about 7400 tons general cargo for French ports and for the ammunition factories in London. From the archive document, we learn that she had also stopped at Kingston, Jamaica, before heading to Bermuda in order to join the above mentioned convoy. She was ordered to Gourock Roads, and was later to continue to London. On July 17 she had anchored at Belfast Lough, arriving Greenock on the 20th, but never made it to London.
On Aug. 4-1940, she sank off Peterhead (Scotland) following a collision with the Swedish M/S Lima when that ship ran into her while maneuvering in the convoy. Sofie Bakke is said to have been in the Clyde-Methil Convoy WN 4 at the time (external link), having left Clyde on Aug. 1. Lima is listed in Convoy OA 193, which left Methil on Aug. 3 (also external page).
All 37 on board were rescued.
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The text on this page was compiled with the help of: "Våre motorskip", Leif M. Bjørkelund & E. H. Kongshavn, "Nortraships flåte", J. R. Hegland, "Sjøforklaringer fra 2. verdenskrig", Norwegian Maritime Museum, Volume II (ref. My sources).