Joined: 27 Nov 2008
Location: West Norway
|Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:20 pm Post subject: D/S Hop
|The Norwegian Ship 'Hop' was sunk east of Shetland on February 4th 1940, by the German submarine U37. The whole crew of 17 lost their lives. The 'Hop' was on her way from Bergen to Tyne in ballast when she was attacked.
Not long after, bodies started to drift ashore in Shetland. Four bodies came ashore on Unst, another three on Fetlar and one in Lunna. They were all assumed to come from the 'Hop'. One of the men had a Norwegian flag tattooed on his forearm, another had the name 'Hop' on his vest. And a piece of wood with the name 'Hop', drifted ashore too. The Unst bodies were buried in Baliasta Churchyard, while the Fetlar bodies were buried in the Churchyard there. The one in Lunna is one of the three Norwegian wargraves at Lunna Kirk.
The 'Hop' was one of the 55 Norwegian ships that were lost during the Norwegian neutrality period, September 3rd 1939- April 9th 1940.
The Graves at Baliasta, Unst:
The Memorial at Baliasta, Unst:
The Memorial at Lunna:
Robbie @ Shetlopedia.com