Requisitioned Auxiliary – Solor

 

SOLOR 

 

Official Number:                     N/R

Laid down:

Builder:                                 Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B, Gothenburg

Launched:                              30 April 1938 

Into Service:                           WW2

Out of service:                        WW2

Fate:                                      Torpedoed & damaged 1945 CTL

 

Background Data:  One of an additional group of Norwegian flagged ships which served as Escort Oilers during WW2

 

Career Details:

 

30 April 1938 launched by Eriksbergs Mekaniske Verkstads A/B. Gothenburg as Yard Nr: 277 named Solor for S Ugelstad, Oslo

July 1938 completed

9 April 1940 was on passage from Singapore to Brisbane when war broke out in Norway

WW2 fitted as and served as an Escort oiler – name unchanged

13 January 1945 sailed New York in convoy HX332 carrying 11,000t of fuel oil for the Clyde as well as a deckcargo of gliders and 60 depth charges

27 January 1945 was torpedoed and damaged by U825 off Cardigan Bay in position 52.35N 05.18W when the convoy had formed into 2 lines to enter St George’s Channel and was abandoned with the loss of 4 lives. 40 survivors were rescused by the Rescue Ship Zamalek

28 January 1945 apart from 7 injured crew, the remainder were returned to their ship while the injured men were taken into Swansea. The ship was then taken in tow

29 January 1945 was beached in Oxwich Bay and after half her fuel oil cargo and 17 gliders had been discharged, she broke in two and was declared a CTL. The forepart was later refloated and was broken up at Briton Ferry by T W Ward Ltd. while the aft part was left behind

July 1952 aft part was salvaged for scrap