SANCT SVITHUN (2)

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SANCT SVITHUN (2)

Post by Henk » Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:54 pm

SANCT SVITHUN (2)
In the Rute: 25-05-1950 - 21-10-1962
Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab - Stavanger
Christened 18-05-1950; delivered 25-05-1950 by Cantieri Riuniti del Adriatico di Ancona - Ancona (232)
81,92 x 74,83 x 12,50 x 7,17 x 4,51 m
2.095 grt; 560 dwt
L.K.G.Q.
29616
2SA 8 cylinder Fiat, 520x960 connected to a KaMeWa controllable propeller; 1 generator 300 kW/220 V/50 Hz; 3 generators 125 kW/220 V/50 Hz
2.500 bhp; 1.839 kW
16 knots
Passengers: 575; 1e class 77 bunks; 2e class 108 bunks
Newbuilding
21-10-1962 grounded near Gjeslingene and sunk near Nordøyan; 42 died and 48 were rescued next day after rescuers at last found her strange position.

08-06-1950 first trip in the Rute.
In January 1952 touched rocks in Risøyrenna and to Bergen for repairs and repiars at her main engine.

Photo: postcard DSD
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Re: SANCT SVITHUN (2)

Post by Magoonigal » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:32 am

Couple of things about SS.

She was launched in a complete state and began running trials 2 hours after her launch.

Her loss was tragic and even to this day, not fully explained as the Captain, Pilot and Helmsman were all lost when she slipped off the rocks and sank.
She was heading North for Rovik and somehow the wrong helm order was given and she headed out to sea which would have been wrong but safe.
Sensing something was wrong the Pilot slowed and tried to establish his position.
It is also possible that he mistook two Lighthouses. The one he was looking for showed a Steady Light whilst the one he could see gave one flash every four minutes so to all intents and purposes was steady as well.
The rescue was delayed because they were convinced they were off the Grinna Light, but instead they were 15 miles West of it off Nordoyan Lighthouse.
If their true position had been know, perhaps many more lives could have been saved as the RAGNVALD JARL was quickly in the area looking for them.
Paul Hood.

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Re: SANCT SVITHUN (2)

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:57 am

Don't recall this tragic incident at the time. She was a nice looking vessel.
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Re: SANCT SVITHUN (2)

Post by Magoonigal » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:46 pm

It was the worst peacetime loss of life on the Hurtigruten. At the time, Sunday 21st October 1962, the Decca Navigational System was not available on the Helgeland Coast and this would have enabled the ship to confirm her position. The cost of setting up the system was estimated to be 1.5 million kroner, but it would certainly saved the lives of 42 People.
There were a number of other factors which had a bearing on her loss but I just tried to stick to the main ones.

Reading through, Henk's histories of the ships, I don't think many have gone through life without bouncing off some rock or other. Having done the trip up and down I can appreciate why. Some of the channels they have to go through are very narrow and include some very sharp turns!
Hence the fact that there is a Pilot on the Bridge in addition to the normal crew at all times.
Paul Hood.

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