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SS Dettifoss
SS Dettifoss.
Name: Iceland Dettifoss
Owner: Eimskipafelag Hf.
Port of registry: Iceland Reykjavík, Iceland
Builder: Frederikshavns Vaerft & Flydedok A/S
Completed: 1930
Maiden voyage: 1930
In service: 1930
Out of service: 21 February 1945
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Fate: Torpedoed and sunk
General characteristics
Type: Cargo Ship
Tonnage: 1,564 GRT
Length: 72.2 metres (236 ft 11 in)
Beam: 11 metres (36 ft 1 in)
Depth: 6.4 metres (21 ft 0 in)
Installed power: Compound expansion engine
Propulsion: Screw propeller
Speed: 10 knots
Capacity: 44 Passengers and Crew

SS Dettifoss was an Icelandic Cargo Ship that was Torpedoed by German submarine U-1064 in the Irish Sea 25 nautical miles (46 km) out of Belfast, United Kingdom (55°03′N 5°29′W / 55.05°N 5.483°W / 55.05; -5.483Coordinates: 55°03′N 5°29′W / 55.05°N 5.483°W / 55.05; -5.483), while she was travelling from New York, United States to Belfast, United Kingdom and later to Reykjavík, Iceland.


Dettifoss was constructed in 1930 at the Frederikshavns Vaerft & Flydedok A/S shipyard in Frederikshavn, Denmark. She was completed in 1930 and she was named Dettifoss and served from 1930 until her demise in 1945. The ship was 72.2 metres (236 ft 11 in) long, with a beam of 11 metres (36 ft 1 in) and a depth of 6.4 metres (21 ft 0 in). The ship was assessed at 1,564 GRT. She had a Compound expansion engine driving a single screw propeller and the engine was rated at 124 nhp.


On 21 February 1945, Dettifoss was on a voyage in Convoy UR 155 from New York, United States to Belfast, United Kingdom and later to Reykjavík, Iceland with a general cargo of 1300 tons. When she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-1064 at 08.39 hours in the Irish Sea 25 nautical miles (46 km) out of Belfast. Dettifoss sank within 7 minutes resulting in the death of 12 crew members and 3 passengers. The 29 survivors (18 crew and 11 passengers) were picked up an hour after the sinking by HMS  Fusilier (T305) and were then taken to Scotland and later to Iceland. The sinking of Dettifoss was a harsh blow so soon after the loss of SS Godafoss. All public activities in Iceland were cancelled on 24 February 1945. [1]

Passengers And Crew

Name Rank Nationality Age Survived or Lost
Böðvarsson, Jónas Master Iceland Icelandic Survived
Gíslason, Davíð Chief Officer Iceland Icelandic 53 Lost
Tómasson, Ólafur Second Officer Iceland Icelandic Survived
Ólafsson, Eiríkur Third Officer Iceland Icelandic Survived
Sigurðsson, Jóhannes Quartermaster Iceland Icelandic 38 Lost
Einarsson, Valdimar First Radio Officer Iceland Icelandic Survived
Þorsteinsson, Bogi Second Radio Officer Iceland Icelandic Survived
Jónsson, Hallgrímur Chief Engineer Officer Iceland Icelandic Survived
Hafliðason, Hafliði Second Engineer Officer Iceland Icelandic Survived
Magnússon, Ásgeir Third Engineer Officer Iceland Icelandic Survived
Sigurjónsson, Sigurjón Donkeyman Iceland Icelandic Survived
Guðmundsson, Jón Boatswain Iceland Icelandic 38 Lost
Ásgeirsson, Baldvin Chief Steward Iceland Icelandic Survived
Bogason, Jón Sigurður Karl Kristján Steward Iceland Icelandic 52 Lost
Kristjánsdóttir, Nikólína Stewardess Iceland Icelandic Survived
Steingrímsson, Tryggvi Steward Iceland Icelandic Survived
Ágústsson, Ragnar Georg Able Seaman Iceland Icelandic 21 Lost
Andrésson, Gísli Able Seaman Iceland Icelandic 23 Lost
Ásbjörnsson, Hlöðver Oliver Able Seaman Iceland Icelandic 26 Lost
Bjarnason, Jón Able Seaman Iceland Icelandic 35 Lost
Eyjólfsson, Guðmundur Able Seaman Iceland Icelandic 29 Lost
Jónsson, Erlendur Able Seaman Iceland Icelandic Survived
Símonarson, Kristján Able Seaman Iceland Icelandic Survived
Hinriksson, Stefán Fireman Iceland Icelandic 46 Lost
Jakobsson, Ragnar Fireman Iceland Icelandic 19 Lost
Laxdal, Helgi Fireman Iceland Icelandic 24 Lost
Skúlason, Kolbeinn Fireman Iceland Icelandic Survived
Svanbergsson, Sigurgeir Fireman Iceland Icelandic Survived
Guðmundsson, Gísli Cook Iceland Icelandic Survived
Líndal, Anton Cook Iceland Icelandic Survived
Name Rank Nationality Age Survived or Lost
Árnason, Bjarni Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Bergin, Eugenie Hallgrímsson Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Bjarnason, Lárus Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Guðmundsson, Ragnar Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Jónsdóttir, Guðrún Passenger Iceland Icelandic 33 Lost
Jónsson, Davíð Sigmundur Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Kristjánsson, Erla Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Magnúsdóttir, Sigrún Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Melsted, Páll Bjarnason Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Ólafsson, Ólafur Björn Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Petersen, Skúli Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Rósantsson, Theodór Helgi Passenger Iceland Icelandic Survived
Stefánsdóttir, Vilborg Passenger Iceland Icelandic 49 Lost
Zoega, Berta Steinunn Passenger Iceland Icelandic 33 Lost


The wreck lies at (55°03′N 5°29′W / 55.05°N 5.483°W / 55.05; -5.483).


  1. "Dettifoss". 7 November 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 

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