Merchant Navy. Icelandic
Roster information listed for Sigurður Ólafsson
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|Hekla||Steam merchant||Assistant Cook||29 Jun 1941||U-564 (1)|
Sigurður Ólafsson was one of the seven survivors who were picked up from a raft by HMS Candytuft ten days after the sinking of Hekla and were landed at St. John's, Newfoundland on 17 July. Four of the men spent 11 days in St. John's before heading to Sydney where they boarded the Icelandic passenger freighter Dettifoss and finally returned back to Iceland. The other two survivors, Sigurður Ólafsson and Valdimir Knopf Miller, spend more time in hospital, the former over 6 months. He was suffering from swollen legs due to injuries and spent most of the time with five other shipwrecked men with similar hardships behind them. Sigurður returned to Iceland almost one year after the sinking.
- Lúðvíksson, 1970
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