Hektoria

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


110573


Harland & Wolff

Belfast




2 x Steam 4Cyl

HP


4800 IHP

Screws


2

Laid down as British steam passenger ship Medic (11985 tons) for the Cunard White Star Ltd, Liverpool. launched on 15 Dec, 1898 delivered on 6 Jul, 1899 The Medic made her maiden voyage on 3 Aug, 1899 from Liverpool to Sydney via Capetown. In September 1899, on her return voyage, she carried Australian soldiers and horses to South Africa for Boer War service.

During World War I, the ship remained in commercial service due to her large frozen meat capacity, although she was operated under the Liner Requisition Scheme for two years.

In June 1928, the Medic was sold to N. Bugge, Tønsberg and was rebuilt as whale factory ship by Grayson, Rolls & Clover Docks, Birkenhead. The ship was registered in Norway under the name Hektoria.

1932 sold back to Britain to Hector Whaling Ltd, London.

On the 12th September 1942 when on route from Liverpool (4 Sep) - New York in ballast in Convoy ON-127 as a straggler she was attacked by German submarine U-211 when SW of Cape Clear and damaged. The vessel was later sunk by German submarine U-608. The Hektoria (Master Frederick Arthur Gjertsen) was sunk by U-608 at 03.51 hours on 12 September.

One crew member was lost. The master, 76 crew members and eight gunners were picked up by the Canadian corvette HMCS Arvida (K 113) (Lt A.I. McKay) and landed at St.Johns on 15 September.

By Tony Allen

www.wrecksite.eu

As White Star Line’s Medic

The following names are listed at the

Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill

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