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In Memory of Sailors whose Lives were Lost in WWII

The Icelandic steamship company Eimskipafélag Íslands honored the memory of fallen sailors whose lives were lost when the cargo ship Hekla was hit by a German U-boat on June 29th, 1941; only six out of 20 sailors survived the attack.


Eimskipafélagið cargo ship. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The ship, which was en route from Reykjavík to Halifax, Canada, was one of three cargo ships belonging to Eimskipafélagið that sank in the Second World War, Godafoss sank in November 1944 and Dettifoss in February 1945.

Morgunbladid released an announcement from the company stating Gylfi Sigfússon, the CEO of the Eimskipafélag, laid a flower bouquet by the memorial in Fossvogur, erected in honor of the men whose lives were lost.

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